Essay Contest

The 2018-2019 essay contest is now open for high school and homeschooled juniors in Dickson, Hickman, and Humphreys counties.

The first, second, and third place winners of the contest receive scholarship awards of $2000, $1000, and $500.

This year’s topic:

Everyone agrees that motivation is essential to success, but what is motivation? What truly motivates people to do their best and to succeed? Include your own observations and experiences in your answer.

Entrants must be in the eleventh grade during the 2018-2019 school year, and must reside in Dickson, Hickman or Humphreys Counties.  Essays must be no less than 800 and no more than 1,600 words.  Essays must be typed and double-spaced, and must be stapled together with a cover sheet. The cover sheet must include the essay topic, the student’s name, address and phone number, and the name of the high school the student is attending.  Homeschooled stu­dents should list “Homeschool” as their high school.  Essay pages should not have the student’s name or any other identi­fying characteristics on them so that judging can be totally anonymous.  Essay pages should be numbered “Page 1 of 3”, etc.  Do not number the cover sheet.  The essay must be entirely the work of the entrant.  One entry per student, please.


Typed essays should be mailed to:

The Goodlark Educational Foundation
445 Hwy 46 South, Suite 29 #213
Dickson, TN 37055

Essays must be postmarked by November 17, 2018 and received by November 24, 2018 to be eligible. The winner will be announced in January 2019.


Essays will be judged on content, creativity and style.  The decision of the judges is final.