Jennifer Unroe, of Lowmoor, Va., Extension agent, 4-H Youth Development in the Alleghany County Extension Office, has received Virginia Tech's 2004 Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension.

Established in 1976 by the Virginia Tech Alumni Association, the Alumni Award for Excellence in Extension is presented each year to recognize outstanding members of the Extension faculty.

Unroe has provided leadership to the 4-H program in Alleghany County for 16 years and has proven herself a leader in her community. She has worked with youth in 4-H clubs, through the schools and in the alternative school. She has partnered with other community agencies and organizations to work together to improve the quality of life for youth, adults, and families.

Unroe has taken the initiative to expand her work to include character education by participating in national CHARACTER COUNTS! Training and has received national certification. She is respected for her work with CHARACTER COUNTS! by her peers and other professionals across the state.

She received a bachelor's in home economics with a concentration in extension from James Madison University. She is a member of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents and the Virginia Association of 4-H Agents, Epsilon Sigma Phi honorary extension association, the Virginia Extension Service Association, and the Virginia All Stars, the equivalent of Eagle Scout for 4-H. She also received the Total Action Against Poverty Humanitarian Award.

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