Association Awards

The Association Awards Program includes recognition of both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership.

At the 1953 Annual Conference of the National University Extension Association (NUEA), which was the forerunner of UPCEA, Robert Browne of the University of Illinois gave a speech honoring Tom Shelby, retiring Dean of the Division of Extension at the University of Texas. Browne conferred on Shelby the FX Key in honor of service to extension. Engraved on the key was "Fellow of Extension," the year, and the Association's initials. This was the first recognition award given by the Association.

Since 1953, the Association's Awards Program has grown to include Association-wide, Regional, and Network awards. Through these awards, UPCEA recognizes its members' outstanding contributions to the Association and the field, as well as their achievements in innovative programming, marketing and promotion, community development and services, research and publications, and many other areas.

To see the rubrics used to review award nominations, click here.

To see member-curated resources for submitting award nominations, click here.


Click the award names below to see more information about the award.


2021 UPCEA Association Award Recipients

UPCEA would like to congratulate all of this year's Association Award recipients! The Association Awards Program includes recognition of both individual and institutional achievement across the UPCEA membership.