Annual Youth Art & Essay Contests


Deadline: January 15th

The Bird Dog Foundation's Annual Youth Art Contest for grades K-12 is held each year and has become very popular with local students. The program is available for students of schools or home schools that are within a 75 mile radius of the National Bird Dog Museum in Grand Junction, TN. We receive hundreds of entries each year from area schools.

The deadline for submissions is January 15th of each year. The Annual Art Contest Award Ceremony does not have a set annual date and will be announced after winners are chosen each year. Please check our website for updates on these dates.

Links to the contest rules, guidelines, and entry forms can be found at the bottom of this page, along with a gallery of some of our winning art from previous years.

To take a more in-depth look at some of our winning student artwork from previous years, go to, click the pictures & videos tab, and select the art contest albums.


Deadline: April 15th every year

The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a Scholarship Fund to promote interest in hunting, wildlife conservation, the rich outdoor heritage of the United States, and other related subjects. An annual College Scholarship Essay Contest has been held for several years now. The contest was created in the hopes that it would promote interest in and education about the aforementioned subjects and also give financial aid to college-bound students.

Strict adherence to the contest rules is required for a winning qualification. It is highly recommended that teachers review a student's work prior to submission in order to guide the student towards presenting the best essay possible. Please remind your students to check for grammatical errors and to follow the contest rules.

First, second, and third place winners will be chosen. Winners receive a one-time scholarship payable to an accredited college or university of his or her choice upon proof of registration at that institution. Currently the 1st Place award is $2,000.00, the 2nd Place award is $1,500.00, and the 3rd Place award is $1,000.00.

Links to the Essay Contest rules, guidelines, and suggested topics can be found at the bottom of this page.


The contest is open only to high school seniors (12th grade) who are preparing to enter their freshman year at an accredited college or university. Entrants must be a U.S. citizen and must either reside in Tennessee, Mississippi, or Arkansas, or be affiliated with a bird dog club, organization, or field trial association in any of the other 47 U.S. states.


1) The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. does not collect website visitor information.

2) No fees are required to enter the College Scholarship Essay Contest.

3) There is no requirement for students to submit private secure information in order to enter the Essay Contest. Required information is only the entrant's full name, complete residential mailing address, email address, phone number (for alternative contact, if needed), date, and the name and address of the school they currently attend. This information should be provided on the cover sheet of their essay submission. Other information such as parents' names and mailing addresses may be asked for if the entrant's essay is selected as a winner. This information is needed in order to mail invitations and announcements regarding the Essay Contest Award Ceremony. No social security numbers will be asked for. All information provided will be kept completely confidential and will not be shared with any entity other than the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc.

4) If selected as a winner, the student gives permission to share his or her basic information (name, address, phone number) with the college or university of the student's choice for the purpose of awarding the scholarship.


For more information on these annual contests and other educational programs at the National Bird Dog Museum, contact the Education Coordinator:

EMAIL: [email protected]
U.S. MAIL: Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 774, Grand Junction, TN 38039
PHONE: (731) 764-2058 Tuesday-Sunday during business hours
FAX: (731) 764-3004

Related Pages
Art Contest Rules
Art Contest Rules
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Essay Contest Rules and Suggested Topics
Essay Contest Rules and Suggested Topics
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Art Contest Entry Form
Art Contest Entry Form
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