NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB INC.
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. All entries become the property of National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Scale of Points
Content = Total 65 points
- Knowledge of Subject: 25 points
- Practicality of Proposal: 10 points
- Originality: 15 points
- Subject matter well organized/Clarity of presentation: 15 points
Composition = Total 25 points
- Vocabulary: 15 points
- Conformance to length: 10 points
Manuscript = Total 10 points
- Name, Address, Phone Number, School Attending, Grade, List of Activities, and Sponsoring Club (Photo Optional): 5 points
- Neatness and legibility: 5 points
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 by March 1.
For more information, contact:
Jo Sellers, Chairman: High School Essay Contest