The National Rural Education Association (NREA) Foundation has opened submissions for its annual Essay Contest for students in rural schools across America.

Student may participate in three divisions: elementary (grades 3-5), middle (grades 6-8), and high school (grades 9-12):

  • Grades 3-5 may participate in a written essay contest using the provided prompt.
  • Grades 6-12 may participate in a video essay contest using the provided prompt. Video advertisement campaigns must be 3 minutes in length maximum.

All essays, student information cards, and teacher/school endorsement letters must be mailed or emailed and received by April 15.


The winner in the elementary division receives $250. The runner-up will receive $100. The winners in the middle/junior high and high school divisions receive $400. The runner-ups receive a $200 prize.

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