High School Essay Contest

Essay Contest Themes

2019-2020 "Challenges in Preserving our Natural Habitats"

2020-2021 "Adapting our Actions to Protect our Natural Habitats"

Essay Contest Rules 2019-2021

The High School Essay Contest is open to High School students attending 9th through 12th grades. A $1,000 National Garden Club Scholarship will be awarded to the National Winner. If the winner is an underclassman, the $1,000 Scholarship will be held by NGC, Inc., without accrued interest, until such time that the student enters college.

At that time, the money will be forwarded to the Financial Aid Officer of the college that the student will enter. The second place winner will receive $100. The contest must be sponsored by: a single garden club, group of member clubs, councils, or districts or a State Garden Club. All entries become the property of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Length of essay: Between 600-700 words. The entry will be penalized if the essay does not conform to the required length. All words are to be counted. All entries must be typed and titled. Students should write the essay so it is suitable to be published in the NGC publication, The National Gardener.

Eligibility: Contests are open to High School students attending 9th through 12th grades. The contest must be sponsored by: a single garden club, group of member clubs, councils or districts; or a State Garden Club.

Scale of Points

Content = Total 60 points

  • Knowledge of Subject: 10 points
  • Provide a Thesis Statement/Main Argument: 10 points
  • Practicality of Proposal: 10 points
  • Originality: 15 points
  • Subject matter well organized/Clarity of presentation: 15 points

Composition = Total 20 points

  • Grammar and Punctuation: 10 points
  • Vocabulary and Spelling: 10 points

Manuscript = Total 20 points

  • Conformance to length: 5 points
  • Cover Sheet Required to Include: Name, Address, Email, School Attending, Grade, List of Activities, and Sponsoring Club: 5 points
  • Neatness and Legibility: 5 points

Contest Deadlines

Club entries must be sent to YOUR State Youth Chairman; observe your State Deadline.
State Winners must be sent to Regional Chairman by February 1.
Regional Winners must be sent to National Chairman Jo Sellers, josellers@cox.net by March 1.

Resources

For more information, contact:
Jo Sellers, Chairman: High School Essay Contest