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High School Essay Contest

2020-2021 Essay Prompt: "Adapting our Actions to Protect our Natural Habitats"

Essay Contest Details


The Essay Contest is open to high school students grades 9 through 12.

All entries must be sponsored by a single club, group of clubs councils or districts, or a state garden club. 

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.

Length of Essay
Contest entries must be 600 to 700 words in length.

The entry will be penalized if the essay does not conform to the required length.


All entries must be typed and titled.


Students should write the essay so it is suitable to be published in the NGC digital publication, The National Gardener.

Scale of Points
All contest submissions will be evaluated based on the below point scale.


60 points

-Knowledge of subject: 10 points

-Thesis statement: 10 points

-Practicality of Proposal: 10 points

-Originality: 15 points

-Organization, clarity of subject matter and presentation: 15 points



 20 points

-Grammar and punctuation: 10 points

-Vocabulary and spelling: 10 points



20 points

-Conformance to length: 5 points

-Cover sheet includes: Name, address, phone number, school attending, grade, list of activities, and sponsoring club (photo optional): 5 points

-Entry is submitted via email in PDF document format: 5 points

-Entry includes NGC, Inc. release for publication and website form: 5 points


Contest Deadlines

Winning regional entries must be sent to the National contest chairman by March 1:

Jo Sellers, Chairman: High School Essay Contest



Contest Chairman:

Jo Sellers

5831 Fitzhugh St. Burke, VA 22015