Washington, DC

March 28 – April 2, 2020


National 4-H Conference is a future-focused program that aims to build strong leaders through roundtable discussions, briefings with government officials, and visits with national legislators.

Being selected to represent our state at this conference is one of Georgia 4-H’s highest honors. Through a combination of applications and interviews, four Georgia delegates will be chosen to attend National 4-H Conference. Selected delegates who attend the conference will be eligible for Master 4-H’er status and will have all major expenses for the trip paid by the 4-H program.

About National 4-H Conference

The unique environment of the program allows delegates to engage with national 4-H leadership (including USDA and NIFA) and to learn how to better utilize youth-adult partnerships. The program reinforces the ties 4-H has to the Extension Service and the land-grant university systems that make 4-H possible. Roundtable discussions generate ideas for club and community improvement, and students are encouraged to implement these ideas in their home states. Through the roundtable process, students also build valuable leadership skills including team-building, flexibility, and communications. On “Capitol Hill Day,” delegates have the opportunity to become more familiar with the national government by meeting with the Secretary of Agriculture and their own Senators and Representatives to discuss prominent issues the students see in their home states and communities.

Important Dates and Deadlines

National 4-H Conference – March 28 – April 2, 2020

Applications are due in the late fall.  Interviews for selected applicants will be held at Fall Forum.  Please contact your County Extension Office to learn about specific deadlines and details.


  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in 4-H
  • Applicants must be in grade 9-12 by January 1 of the conference year
  • Applicants must not have previously attended National 4-H Conference

Project Procedure

  • Applications will be accepted from interested 9th-12th grade 4-H’ers
  • Select applicants, chosen solely on the basis of the application, will be interviewed at 4-H Fall Forum (This is the only time when finalists can be interviewed)
  • Delegates will be selected on basis of:
    • 4-H Project Work
    • 4-H leadership work
    • Leadership activities in other fields
    • Civic engagement activities
    • Essay submitted with application

Application Information

  • The total Application should be no more than six pages including:
    • Contact Information Page
    • 2 Pages of 4-H & Leadership Activities
    • 2 to 3 Page Essay
  • Applications received after the posted deadline may not be considered.
  • Please send your completed application to Jason Estep at jason.estep@uga.edu.
  • Applications must arrive in Jason Estep’s email inbox by 5:00 PM on the afternoon of the posted deadline.

Download Application

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Jason Estep
323 Hoke Smith Annex
Athens, GA 30602-4356
Office: (706)542-8919
Fax: (706) 542-4373