Deadline for Nominations is
January 31, 2022

The Dr. J. Clarke Cosgrove winners are announced at the AIS National Convention.  The cash award is made possible by donations to the Clarke Cosgrove Fund of the AIS and also by the support of the Southern California Iris Society whose member, LaVerne Conrad, was the sister of the late Dr. Cosgrove for whom the Award is named.

Nomination Guidelines for Clark Cosgrove Award

Each fall AIS members are encourged to nominate active youth in their Regions for the Clarke Cosgrove Memorial Award for Youth Achievement.  Any AIS member may nominate any AIS youth member.

A youth may be nominated by more than one person, or by someone from another region.  With the nomination, please include the youth's age and region of membership.

Outline his/her activities following the guidlelines below.  If you need a list of the youth's activites, call a club officer, your club's Youth Advisor, a close relative, or the youth themselves.

  -- Growing a fine iris garden
  -- Actively hybridizing
  -- Writing for an iris publication
  -- Helping an iris organization through a commitment or activity
  -- Visiting local iris gardens
  -- Attending regional or national conventions
  -- Studying to be an AIS judge
  -- Promoting irises and/or the AIS to others
  -- Signing up new AIS members
  -- Competing enthusiastically in shows
  -- Experimenting with irises
  -- Showing an interest in the various iris classes and sized
  -- Demonstrating leadership skills

End with some of your nominee's personal attibutes.  Typed or handwritten nominations are acceptable.  Please limit text to two pages.

Youth do not need to be active in ALL of the above activities to be nominated.

Cosgrove Awards are $550 for the winner, $350 for the first runner up and $250 for second runner up.  There is also a "travel" stipend of $100 to help the Cosgrove winner attend the convention. 

Mail or email your entries to:

Cheryl Deaton
27218 Walnut Springs
Canyon Country, CA 91351

NOTE:  You may email your nominations.  Please send it as an attachment.

The Youth committee will code the entries to conceal identities and send them to a carefully selected panel of judges.  The winner will receive a trophy and cash prize that is presented at the National AIS Convention.