(failure to meet any one of the requirements will result in a disqualification)
- Students interested in writing an essay, should contact their local 4-H offices for contest details. The state selection must be done through the 4-H system.
- Preparation for National Judging: Typewritten or computer- generated double-spaced, 12pt. Times or similar type style, on one side of white paper following standard manuscript format.
- Must submit an essay, 750 to 1000 words, on the essay topic
- Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research- 40%; (b) accuracy- 30%; (c) creativity- 10%; (d) conciseness- 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic- 10%
- All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.
- A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including birthdate, gender, complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, must accompany the essay.
- Each state may submit ONE entry only.
- Deadline for National submission is: March 4, 2016.
- Final judging and selection of the National Winner will be made by the Foundation’s Essay Committee, whose decision is final.
- National winners will be announced by the week of May 2nd, 2016.
- All National entries become the property of the Foundation and may be published or used as it sees fit. No essays will be returned.
- Send the winning state entries with the subject title: “4-H State Winning Entry from XXX State” to : .
Contest is open to active 4-H Club members only. 4-H’ers who have previously placed first, second, or third at the National level are NOT eligibility; but other state winners are eligible to re-enter. Students must write on the designated subject only. There will be NO exceptions.
First Prize: $750.00
Second Prize: $500.00
Third Prize: $250.00
The National winners’ essays will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation’s Newsletter.
*Each State Winner, including the National winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.