Junior Awards and Contests

It’s also time to get the junior gardeners (or gardeners-to-be) in your life to participate in one of the four contests from the National Garden Clubs Inc. that GCFM supports.

High School Distinguished Service Project Award
This award for a high school student in grades 9-12 is for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, etc. A single member club, group of member clubs, districts or a state garden club must sponsor the contest. $100 will be awarded to the first place winner and $50 to the second place winner. Click to learn more


High School Essay Contest
Grades 9-12

The contest is open to all High School Students. A $1000 National Garden Club Scholarship is awarded to the National Winner. If the Winner is an underclassman, the $1000 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. Click to learn more.

The Theme is “We Need Our Pollinators.” 


Poetry Contest
Grades K-9

NGC’s Poetry Contest is open to students in Kindergarten through ninth grade. This competition enables youth to embrace their creativity through the art of writing. All of the winning entries will be compiled into a booklet, which will be made available to the winners. Click to learn more.

The theme is  “Birds, Butterflies and ME”. 


Smokey Bear / Woodsy Owl Poster Contest
Grades 1-5

First through fifth grade students are invited to demonstrate through original drawings of Smokey Bear or Woodsy Owl their understanding of fire prevention and basic environmental conservation principles. The Grand Prize National Poster Winner will win a free round-trip airfare and accommodations for four to Washington, DC. $50 will also be awarded to the First Place National Winners from each grade level sponsored by National Garden Clubs. Click to learn more.

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