West Virginia University President David C. Hardesty Jr. received the Gary L. Davis Leadership Award and was honored with the establishment of the David C. Hardesty Jr. Fund for Citizenship at the National 4-H Council Board of Trustees meeting Oct. 13 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

The award, first given in 2004, honors a person who has provided exceptional leadership and made an extraordinary impact on 4-H in a state and on a national level. During his two-year term as chairman of the Board of Trustees, Hardesty helped to raise awareness of the 4-H Youth Development program on a national level and with other land-grant university presidents. Within his home state of West Virginia, his leadership and support of West Virginia 4-H helped to secure funding for programs and promote the 4-H movement.

Hardesty was also honored with a $25,000 fund established through National 4-H Council in his name. The David C. Hardesty Jr. Fund for Citizenship will provide annual scholarships for West Virginia 4-H members to attend Citizenship Washington Focus, the 4-H civic and education program held each summer at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. 4-H members will be selected for demonstrated leadership skills, along with an interest in learning the democratic process and making a difference and direct impact in their communities. The scholarship honors the success of Hardestys term as chairman of National4-H Councils Board of Trustees.

David has made significant contributions to 4-H on a state and national level. His leadership in 4-H has brought understanding and awareness to the importance of the Land Grant University System and its ownership to 4-H,said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council.

4-H is a community of more than 6.5 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. National 4-H Council is the national, private sector, non-profit partner of the 4-H Youth Development Program and its parent, the Cooperative Extension System of the United States Department of Agriculture. Learn more about 4-H atwww.4husa.org.