Read the winning entries from the 2015 Annual Essay Contest:


Application Deadlines: April 14, Annually
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 twentieth 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 [...]

Check or money order, payable to “HSLDA” with “Essay Contest” in the memo line.

The 2014-15 Essay Contest winner was Bryce Henning from Barron. The topic was “Why are bees important to Wisconsin agriculture?” A total of 2,863 Wisconsin students wrote essays for the competition sponsored by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, InSight FS and We Energies.


Section III – Written Essay Contest Rules

Section IV – Video Essay Contest Rules

PLEASE NOTE: Students in each category are divided into levels according to the number of contact hours of formal instruction in Russian (and degree of exposure to Russian for Russian heritage speakers). Please calculate the number of contact hours for each student participating in the essay contestaccording to the guidelines below. To adjust for Study Abroad or other immersion programs, please identify the number of contact hours of formal language instruction (not other classes in the program), multiply that number by 2, and use the result in determining the total number of contact hours.


Students interested in the life and works of Jane Austen are encouraged to enter. The Essay Contest is open to students world-wide at the high school, college/university, and graduate school levels of study. Entrants do not need to be members of JASNA. Students must be enrolled full-time or part-time in coursework during one or more semesters/quarters of the contest year. Home-schooled students at the high school level are also eligible. Part-time is defined for the college/university level as a minimum of six credit hours and for the graduate level as a minimum of three credit hours leading to an advanced degree.The page includes important rules about format and submission of essays and a link to the official Essay Contest entry form. Entries must be submitted online by May 15, 2016.