Decline Of Honey Bees Essay Contest

Rules Overview

Rules Overview:
(failure to meet any one of the requirements will result in a disqualification)

  • Students interested in writing an essay, should contact their local 4-H offices for contest details. The state selection must be done through the 4-H system.
  • Preparation for National Judging: Typewritten or computer- generated double-spaced, 12pt. Times or similar type style, on one side of white paper following standard manuscript format.
  • Must submit an essay, 750 to 1000 words, on the essay topic
  • Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research- 40%; (b) accuracy- 30%; (c) creativity- 10%; (d) conciseness- 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic- 10%
  • All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.
  • On a separate page, please include a brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including birthdate, gender, complete mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone number, must accompany the essay.
  • Each state may submit ONE entry only.
  • Deadline for National submission is: March 9, 2018.
  • Final judging and selection of the National Winner will be made by the Foundation’s Essay Committee, whose decision is final.
  • National winners will be announced by the week of May 7, 2018.
  • All National entries become the property of the Foundation and may be published or used as it sees fit. No essays will be returned.
  • Send the winning state entries with the subject title: “4-H State Winning Entry from XXX State” to: .


Contest is open to active 4-H Club members only. 4-H’ers who have previously placed first, second, or third at the National level are NOT eligibility; but other state winners are eligible to re-enter. Students must write on the designated subject only. There will be NO exceptions.


First Prize:          $750.00
Second Prize:     $500.00
Third Prize:         $250.00

The National winners’ essays will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation’s Newsletter.

*Each State Winner, including the National winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

If you have any questions, please contact Regina K. Robuck, Executive Director, Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees at 404.760.2887 or 

How to Solve the Problem of Our Disappearing Honey Bees Scholarship Essay Contest

PlushBeds is the World Wide Web's favorite brand of 100% natural latex mattresses, eco-friendly memory foam mattresses (GreenGuard Gold certified for low VOC's), and an expanding range of environmentally-conscious bedding products.

The PlushBeds company is also actively involved in spreading awareness of environmental problems and solutions via our twice yearly (Spring and Fall semesters) green scholarship essay contests, which each contribute $1,000 towards a winning student's higher education goals in their pursuit of a green degree. For the year 2016, our designated topic and title for scholarship essay submissions is "How to Solve the Problem of Our Disappearing Honey Bees".

Questions That Should be Considered When Writing Your Essay

This essay should begin with sound foundational research on why honey bees are disappearing, and what effect that is having and could have on our environment and on human existence if the trend is not reversed. The bulk of the essay, however, should focus on what can be done to solve this problem both from a microcosmic perspective (an individual level) as well as a macrocosmic perspective (worldwide - including possible laws, regulations, or even other win-win scenarios that could effect change on a large scale). More consideration will be given to those students whose essays are compelling in the sense that not only conventional methods and proposed solutions to this problem are presented, but also some unique proposals and ideas that have not been discussed widely (hint: come up with some creative and thought-provoking ideas of your own that may or may not work in real life, but would be worth trying to save our bees).

Green Scholarship Terms

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Any student enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate green degree program in Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 at any accredited American college, university, or trade school.


A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded for the topic below.


The deadline for submissions is August 15, 2016 for the Fall semester scholarship; the deadline for the Spring semester scholarship is December 15, 2016.


Applicants must submit an essay of 1,000 words minimum with the title How to Solve the Problem of Our Disappearing Honey Bees.


A $1,000 scholarship will be awarded. The money can be applied towards tuition or books.

How can I Apply?

Submit your 1,000-word minimum essay, on the topic below. One exceptional essay on the topic How to Solve the Problem of Our Disappearing Honey Bees will be chosen as the winner. See left for more details.


Please email your essay to

Deadline for Submissions:

August 15, 2016 for the Fall semester scholarship. December 15, 2016 for the Spring semester scholarship.

Award Date:

September 15, 2016 for the Fall semester scholarship. January 15, 2017 for the Spring semester scholarship.

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