Naval History Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronJuly 8, 2017inAny Subject, August, Contest, Scholarships by Major
At the U.S. Naval Institute, the Naval History Essay Contest is now available that is sponsored by the William M. Wood Foundation. Any contributor like active duty military, reservists, veterans, government civilian personnel, civilians is eligible to apply for the contest. The U.S. Naval Institute provides an independent forum for those who dare to read, […]
Sharps Compliance Inc. Scholarship Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronJune 14, 2017inAny Subject, Contest, December, Scholarships by Major, Social and Health Care Programs, Undergraduate
Sharps Compliance Inc. is pleased to be able to offer Sharps’ essay contest, The contest is open to all students who have been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in an accredited university in healthcare related studies. Sharps Compliance strives to innovate new services that are regulatory compliant and environmentally sensitive. They will be awarding three […]
QuitDay.Org Scholarship Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronMay 27, 2017inContest, Graduate, March, Scholarships
QuitDay.org would like to announce their annual scholarship program named as QuitDay.org Scholarship. Scholarship essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18 years old or older. With the QuitDay.org Scholarship, they strive to inspire people to quit smoking and have a positive impact on the lives of their loved ones and […]
The PIABA Dubin Scholarship Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronMay 15, 2017inContest, Law, Scholarships, September
PIABA foundation would like to announce “James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Writing Competition” to the students who attend a law school in the United States. Full-time students who are not law students but who write law-related papers as part of a course at an American law school are eligible. The competition is intended […]
FFRF William J. Schulz High School Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronApril 19, 2017inAny Subject, Contest, Essay Scholarships, Graduate, High School Senior, June, Scholarships, Scholarships by Major
Freedom from Religion Foundation sponsors William J. Schulz High School Essay Competition with cash awards. This scholarship contest is open to North American high school seniors who graduate in spring 2017, going on to college in fall 2017. The contest is intended to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church and to educate […]
AFSA National High School Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronFebruary 10, 2017inContest, High School Students, March
The 2017 National High School Essay Contest has begun! This is the 19th year of this prestigious contest, which encourages high school students to think about important international issues and learn about one of America’s best kept secrets: The United States Foreign Service. The contest challenges students to imagine themselves as a member of the […]
Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronFebruary 10, 2017inAny Subject, Arkansas State Scholarships, Contest, February, Florida State Scholarships, Freshman, Georgia State Scholarships, High School Senior, Illinois State Scholarships, Scholarships
Honor the Past. Create the Future. In honor of African-Americans extraordinary achievements and Black History Month, the Regions Bank is proud to offer the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest. High School and College students can grab this opportunity. Write about an African-American who has inspired and motivated you, and you could win a $5,000 […]
Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronFebruary 6, 2017inContest, International Students, March
Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter in Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in cash prizes. The contest is open to worldwide for 8th, 9th or 10th-grade students. ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for […]
Jewish War Veterans National Achievement Programs
ByScholarship AdvisoronJanuary 24, 2017inContest, Essay Scholarships, Graduate, May, Nursing, Scholarships by Major
Would you like to get a free scholarship to help in your education? The Jewish War Veterans of the USA is pleased to sponsors National Achievement Program. The contest is open to service members and veterans, who plan to attend or are currently attending an accredited associates, bachelor’s, nursing or graduate degree program. JWVF focuses […]
“We the Students Scholarship” Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronDecember 15, 2016inContest, February
Do you want to win one of more than $20,000 in prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C.? Don’t waste your time and apply today. You can win cash just by register yourself for “We the Students Essay Contest”. The contest is open to students who are no older than 19 and no younger than […]
Young Patriots Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronDecember 13, 2016inContest, January
The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central are happy to announce the 2016-2017 Young Patriots Essay Contest. The essay contest is sponsored by Copart, the premier destination for quality vehicles. The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge middle and high school students to creatively engage with public policy and current events through […]
The National WWII Museum Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronNovember 26, 2016inAny Subject, Contest, December, High School Students, Scholarships
The National WWII Museum is pleased to announce High School Essay Contest and Middle School Essay Contest. To commemorate the life, courage and achievements of Elie Wiesel, the National WWII Museum is asking middle and high school students to respond to a quote by Wiesel about his life and legacy. Winning essays will be posted […]
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition
ByScholarship AdvisoronNovember 23, 2016inContest, International Students, May
The Royal Commonwealth Society has launched “The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017”, focusing on the topic of “A Commonwealth for Peace”. The competition is open to all citizens and residents of the Commonwealth aged 18 and under. This year’s topics ask for a more active understanding of the role of the Commonwealth as a network […]
TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students
ByScholarship AdvisoronNovember 12, 2016inContest, March
The APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) is pleased to announce the 2017 APA TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students. To be entering in scholarship contest, the candidates should submit an essay that provides information concerning physical, psychological and social factors that influence the aging process. Four winners will be selected for […]
The Washington State Law Enforcement Association Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronNovember 12, 2016inContest, February
The 23rd annual 8th grade Washington State Law Enforcement Association Essay Contest is kicking off. The basic goals of WSLEA are to improve the effectiveness and professionalism of law enforcement in Washington State and to implement or support a wide range of community related programs and services. WSLEA encourages all schools to participate and stimulate […]
Invensis Young Thinker Scholarship Essay Award
ByScholarship AdvisoronNovember 7, 2016inContest, November
Invensis Technologies Pvt Ltd is pleased to honor the launch of the ‘Invensis Young Thinker Scholarship Essay Award’. The award is a unique opportunity for students in USA, UK, and Australia to showcase their knowledge and skills in the form of an insightful essay and win laurels for their efforts. Through the award, they like […]
The Center for Alcohol Policy’s National Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronOctober 19, 2016inContest, December
The Center for Alcohol Policy is sponsoring its “Ninth Annual Essay Contest” to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays. The contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation. […]
Custom-Writing.org Essay Writing Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronOctober 15, 2016inContest, December
Custom-Writing.org is pleased to announce Essay Writing Contest to the most vivid, versatile, and talented writers. Any student, regardless of academic level and location of studies, can participate. The Essay Writing Contest is not only about finding people who can write well. Indeed, the aim of the contest is to identify individuals who have both […]
Naval Institute’s General Prize Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronSeptember 5, 2016inContest, December
The General Prize Essay Contest invites you to “dare to write in order to advance the professional, literary, and scientific understanding of sea power and other issues critical to national defense.” The contest is open to all persons eligible for membership (including those already members) in the Institute. The winning candidates will obtain one-year memberships […]
SCEA Unity in Education Essay Contest
ByScholarship AdvisoronSeptember 3, 2016inContest, February
The South Carolina Education Association encourages students across the state to join their historic 50 Year Anniversary & Celebration by taking part in their FIRST EVER “Unity in Education” Essay Contest. SCEA is the professional association for educators in South Carolina. The contest is open to middle school/intermediate, high school & college students. Essays will […]
Signet Essay Contest
Announcing the 22nd Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
Read the winning essays from previous years »
With an unbeatable lineup of over 300 of the greatest literary works the world has ever known, Signet Classics is the publisher that students, education professionals and the public turn to more than any other. Now, we are proud to host our twenty-second annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest, in which five high school juniors or seniors can each win a $1,000 scholarship award to be used toward their higher education plus a Signet Classics library for their school! Essays must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of students who write an essay on one of five topics for this year’s competition book, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Select one of the following five topics:
- How is Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl still relevant more than two hundred years after slavery has been abolished? Be specific about how the treatment of oppressed people today reflects the treatment of slaves in the book and what can be learned from Harriet Jacobs’ story.
- Harriet Jacobs’ experiences suggest that slavery negatively impacts not only the slave, but also the slaveholder. In what ways are the masters and mistresses in the book corrupted by slavery? Why does this occur?
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl is a story of survival and even success in an almost impossible situation. What about Harriet Jacobs’ character accounts for her ability to overcome?
- What special circumstances did slaves face in motherhood? How do these women cope with or adapt to their situation? In what ways do they protect and preserve the next generation?
- What are the differences between the Christianity practiced by slaves and the Christianity practiced by slave owners? Is religion depicted more convincingly as a force for progressive change or as a way to preserve the status quo?
Official Rules for 22nd Annual Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest
No purchase necessary. A purchase will not enhance your opportunity to win.
Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia.
How to Enter
- Matriculated students: Four (4) copies of the essay should be mailed by an English teacher on behalf of the student (each English teacher may submit only one junior and one senior essay). Each of the four (4) copies of the essay should include a cover letter on school letterhead and includes the following details:
- Student’s full name, grade, address, e-mail and home telephone number
- Name of high school
- Name, email and daytime telephone number of English teacher submitting essay (please include summer contact information if different from school year contact information)
- Name, e-mail and daytime telephone number of the school’s administration officer
- Topic selected (#1, #2, #3, #4 or #5)
- Certification by teacher that the essay is the student’s original work
Essays submitted without a cover letter on school letterhead or cover letters that do not include the above details will be disqualified.
- Home-schooled students: Four (4) copies of the essay must be mailed by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of the student. Each of the four (4) copies of the essay should include a cover letter on the parent/legal guardian’s letterhead that certifies that the student is home-schooled and includes the following details:
- Student’s full name, address, e-mail and home telephone number
- Student’s equivalent grade
- Name and daytime telephone number and e-mail of the sponsoring parent/legal guardian
- Topic selected (#1, #2, #3, #4 or #5)
- Certification by sponsoring parent/legal guardian of home-schooled student that the essay is the student’s original work
Essays submitted without a cover letter on parent/legal guardian’s letterhead or cover letters that do not include the above details will be disqualified.
- Essays must be at least two and no more than three double-spaced pages, computer or typewritten (please do not staple submissions). Please include four (4) copies (including four (4) cover letters) of each essay submitted. Entries must be mailed to Penguin Publishing Group, Academic Marketing Department, Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest #22, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014. To be eligible, all entries must be postmarked by April 14, 2018 and received on or by April 21, 2018. Submissions by fax, email or any other electronic means will not be considered.
- Entries will not be returned. By entering the Contest, contestants agree to abide by these rules, and represent and warrant that the entries are their own and original creations, and do not violate or infringe the rights, including, without limitation, copyrights, trademark rights or rights of publicity/privacy, of any third party.
- Entries are void if they are in whole or in part illegible, incomplete, damaged or handwritten. No responsibility is assumed for late, lost, damaged, incomplete, illegible, postage due or misdirected mail entries.
All eligible entries received will be judged by a qualified panel of judges chosen by Penguin Publishing Group and winners will be selected on or about June 15, 2018. Winning essays must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the themes and issues presented in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Submissions will be judged on style, content, grammar, and originality. Judges will look for clear, concise writing that is original, articulate, logically organized, and well supported. Winners will be notified by June 24th, 2018 via email, and will be announced online on or about July 1st, 2018.
There are five (5) prizes available to be won. Each prize includes a check in the amount of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) to be used toward winner’s tuition and/or expenses related to their higher education. Each prize also includes a Signet Classics Library for the winner’s school library, or public library in the case of a home-schooled winner (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”) = $1,600.00). Total ARV per prize = $2,600.00.
In the event that there is an insufficient number of qualified entries or if the judges determine in their absolute discretion that no or too few entries meet the quality standards established to award the prizes, Sponsor reserves the right not to award the prizes.
- Open to 11th and 12th grade full-time matriculated students who are attending high schools located in the fifty United States and the District of Columbia, or home-schooled students between the ages of 16-18 who are residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia. Void where prohibited by law. All state and local restrictions apply.
- Employees of Sponsor and its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or other parties in any way involved in the development, production or distribution of this Contest, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible to participate in this Contest.
- No cash substitution, transfer or assignment of prizes allowed. In the event of the unavailability of a prize or prizes, Sponsor may substitute a prize or prizes of equal or greater value.
- All expenses, including taxes (if any), on receipt and use of prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.
- Winners may be required to execute an Affidavit of Eligibility and Release. The affidavit must be returned within fourteen (14) days of notification or another winner will be selected. If a winner is under 18 years of age, their parent/legal guardian will also be required to sign the Affidavit. Because the ARV exceeds $600.00, winners shall be required to provide a Social Security Number or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 Form. The winner’s school library or public library in the case of a home-schooled winner that will receive a Signet Classics Library shall also be required to provide a Federal Tax Identification Number to Sponsor for issuance of a 1099 form, in connection with its receipt of this portion of the prize.
- By accepting a prize, the winners and their parents and/or legal guardians grant to Sponsor the right to edit, publish, copy, display and otherwise use their entries in connection with this Contest, and to further use their names, likenesses, and biographical information in advertising and promotional materials, without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
- LIMITATION OF LIABILITY. By competing in this Contest and/or accepting a prize, entrants release Sponsor, its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies, or the agencies of any of them and the authors and/or editors of any books promoted hereby from any and all liability for any loss harm, injuries, damages, cost or expenses arising out of or relating to participation in this Contest or the acceptance, use or misuse of the prize(s). UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE RELEASED PARTIES BE LIABLE FOR INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, ATTORNEYS’ FEES, OR ANY OTHER DAMAGES.
- Any dispute arising from the contest will be determined according to the laws of the state of new york, without reference to its conflict of law principles, and by entering, the entrants consent to the personal jurisdiction of the state and federal courts located in New York County and agree that such courts have exclusive jurisdiction over all such disputes.
For a copyof the winners list,send a self-addressed, stamped envelope by December 15, 2018 to Penguin Publishing Group, Academic Marketing Department, 375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, Attention: Signet Classics Student Scholarship Essay Contest #22, or check online after July 1st, 2018.
Penguin Publishing Group
Academic Marketing Department
375 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014
The title for the 23rd Annual Signet Classics Essay Contest will be Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Essay topics will be posted on our website after July 2018.
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