Annual Signet Classic Student Scholarship Essay Contest

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Amount
Awarded

$1,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

April 15

Monday
Awarded By:

Penguin Group (USA), Inc.

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Five awards offered annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a full-time matriculated student in the 11th or 12th grade at time of entry OR be a home schooled student between the ages of 16 and 18.
  4. Must be attending high school within the 50 states or D.C., OR be a resident of the 50 states or D.C. if homeschooled.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This writing contest is open to high school juniors and seniors and home-schooled students who are 16 to 18 years of age. To enter, students must write a two- to three-page essay on one of the topics listed on the Penguin Group (USA) Inc. website regarding the current contest's book.

Application requirements for the Annual Signet Classic Student Scholarship Essay Contest are:

  • Essay
  • Cover letter
Additional Information: 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. Winning essays must demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the themes and issues presented in this year's book. Winners will be notified by June. All entries will become the property of Signet Classics Penguin Group (USA) Inc., and will not be returned. All employees and the immediate families of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., its affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies are ineligible.

Award Amount: $1,000 annually, non-renewable. In addition, each winner will also receive a Signet Classic Library for his/her school (or public library in the case of a home schooled winner).  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $1,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Monday, April 15

This is an essay contest. To apply, the applicant must write an essay addressing one of the five topics listed on the Penguin Group website about this year's competition book, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Four copies of the essay must be submitted by a high school English teacher on behalf of the student, along with a cover letter on school letterhead that includes the following information: the applicant's name, address, valid email, home telephone, and current grade level; name of high school; name, daytime phone and email of the English teacher submitting the essay; the selected essay topic; and certification by the teacher that the essay is the student's original work. An essay written by a home schooled student must be submitted by a parent or legal guardian on behalf of the student, along with a cover letter on the parent's/legal guardian's letterhead that certifies that the student is home schooled and that includes the following details: the applicant's name, address, valid email, home telephone, and equivalent grade level; name, daytime phone and email of the legal guardian submitting the essay; the selected essay topic; and certification by the legal guardian that the essay is the student's original work. The essay must be a minimum of two and no more than three double-spaced pages, computer or typewritten (submissions should not be stapled). All essays must be received no later than the deadline date.
Contact: Sophia Ragsdale
Address: 375 Hudson St. New York, New York 10014

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