Annual Youth Art & Essay Contests

The Bird Dog Foundation’s Annual Sporting Dog Art contest for grades K-12 is held each year has become very popular with local school age children. The program is intended for schools or home schools that are within an approximate 50-75 mile radius of the 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 is TBA each year. Please check our website for updates on these dates.

Contest rules and guidelines can be seen & printed out by clicking here: ART CONTEST RULES and DEADLINES & ENTRY FORMS.


-- Youth Art Contest Deadline is January 15th of every year. For more detailed information, see the downloadable Art Contest rules under the “Art & Essay Contests” section of this website.
Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest
-- Contest Deadline is April 15th, of every year.

The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has established a Scholarship Fund to promote interest in wildlife conservation and related subjects. An annual College Scholarship Essay Contest sponsored by the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc. has been in effect for several years now. This contest was created in the hopes that it would enhance scholarly training and education in wildlife and wildlife conservation as well as give financial aid for tuition the college-bound student.

Eligibility requirements: The contest is open only to High School seniors (Grade level 12) who are preparing to enter freshman year of college or university. Entrants must reside in one of these three states: Tennessee, Mississippi or Arkansas. Entrants must be U.S. Citizens. Entrants may not be related to any employee or sitting board member of the Bird Dog Foundation, Inc.

1) The Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., 505 W Hwy 57, P.O. Box 774, Grand Junction, TN 38039. Phone: (731) 764-2058. Fax: (731) 764-3004. Email the Education Coordinator for Scholarship Inquiries: .

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

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

4) There are no requirements for students to submit private secure information in order to enter the Essay Contest. Entrant’s full name, complete residential mailing address, email address, phone number for alternative contact if needed, date and name & address of the school they currently attend are asked for on the cover sheet of the essay submission. Other information such as parent’s 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 are asked for. All information will be kept completely confidential and not shared with any other entity. If selected as a winner, the student gives permission to share his/her basic information (name, address, phone) for the purpose of awarding the scholarship(s) to the college or university that the winner(s) would be attending.

Strict adherence to the contest rules is required for a winning qualification. Attention to the following instructions is essential as well. It is highly recommended that instructors 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 correctness and following the instructions.

High School seniors whose primary, home residence is in Tennessee, Mississippi or Arkansas are eligible to enter this contest. First and Second Place winners will be chosen. Winners will receive a one-time scholarship payable to an accredited college, university or other bona fide institution of his/her choice upon proof of registration at that institution. Currently, the 1st Place Award is $1,500.00. and the 2nd Place Award is $1,000.00.

The 2015 - 2016 Bird Dog Foundation College Scholarship Essay Contest winners are:
-- FIRST PLACE WINNER: Ms. Baylee Parish who is graduating from Columbia Central High School, Columbia, TN.
-- SECOND PLACE WINNER: Mr. Alec Marlow, graduating from Southeast Lauderdale High in Meridian, MS.

The Essay Contest rules and guidelines can be seen & printed out by clicking:
-- Rules, Definitions & Guidelines for BDF Essay Contest
-- Educational Information regarding the BDF Essay Contest
-- Suggested Topics for Essays

-- Annual College Scholarship Essay Deadline is April 15th, of every year.
~All above events to be held at the National Bird Dog Museum~

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

By e-mail: library@birddogfoundation
By U.S. Mail: Bird Dog Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 774, Grand Junction, TN 38039
By Telephone: (731) 764-2058 Tuesdays through Thursdays during business hours
By Fax: (731) 764-3004

Related Pages
Rules and Guidelines
Rules and Guidelines
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Entry Form
Entry Form
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