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Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (L.E.A.D.)

L.E.A.D. – Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction – recognize outstanding 4-H’ers who show 4-H values in the way they live their lives. The awards honour youth who have become exceptional leaders through their 4-H experience, and who share the best of themselves with their community.

Four L.E.A.D. recipients are selected each year, one for each of 4-H Canada’s Leadership Development pillars.

Each L.E.A.D. recipient receives:

  • A $20,000 scholarship for higher education ($5,000 annually for up to four years)
  • An all-expenses-paid trip to attend the 4-H Leadership Awards
  • Ongoing mentorship from an expert in their field of study
  • The opportunity to be a 4-H L.E.A.D. spokesperson

L.E.A.D. scholarship applications open March 1, 2021. Read the application guidelines for this scholarship. 

Meet the 2020 L.E.A.D. Recipients

Veronika Parkinson

Read more about Veronika

Matthew Sterling

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Amanda McGillivray

Read more about Amanda

Morgan Hussey

Read more about Morgan



Past L.E.A.D. Recipients

2019 L.E.A.D. recipients
2018 L.E.A.D. recipients
2017 L.E.A.D. recipients
2016 L.E.A.D. recipients
2015 L.E.A.D. recipients

The L.E.A.D. scholarships are made possible thanks to the generous support of CN