What is 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)
  • Ongoing mentorship from an expert in their field of study
  • The opportunity to be a 4-H L.E.A.D. spokesperson.

Interested In Applying?

Read the L.E.A.D. Guidelines.

Applications are now closed for the 2023 season. Stay tuned as we will be announcing our 2023 L.E.A.D. recipients very soon!

Meet the 2022 L.E.A.D. Recipients

Ava Copas

Nova Scotia

Pillar: Community Engagement & Communications

Field of Study: History & Environment and Sustainable Studies

Institution: Acadia University

4-H Club: Avon 4-H Club


Aidan Reynolds

New Brunswick

Pillar: Science & Technology

Field of Study: Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Institution: Carleton University

4-H Club: Coverdale Albert County 4-H Club

Website Page Wide Content Tile 5

Elena Sales

British Columbia

Pillar: Environment & Healthy Living

Field of Study: Bachelor of Science

Institution: McGill University

4-H Club: 4-H Snapshots Photography Club


Kate Axten


Pillar: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

Field of Study: International Food Business

Institution: Dalhousie University

4-H Club: Radville 4-H Field Crops Club


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


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