National Essay Contest

Held by French for the Future, the National Essay Contest is a writing competition open to students in grades 10 to 12 across Canada (Secondary IV and V in Quebec), the Contest will award over $265,000 in scholarships, giving its winners the chance to pursue their post-secondary studies partially or completely in French.

The scholarships, valuing between $1,000 to $12,000, are offered in partnership with the following 12 post-secondary institutions:

– University of Ottawa (ON)
– Université Sainte-Anne (NS)
– Université de Montréal (QC)
– Université de Moncton (NB)
– Université Saint-Boniface (MB)
– University of Alberta’s Campus Saint-Jean (AB)
– University of Lethbridge (AB)
– Glendon College of York University (ON)
– Collège Boréal (ON)
– La Cité Universitaire francophone, Université de Regina (Sask.)
– Collège de l’Île (P. E. I.)
– University of British Columbia (BC)

Essays submitted will be evaluated in two separate categories:

Category 1: French Second Language (“FSL”): students whose first language is not French or students who are currently enrolled in Core French, Extended Core French, Basic French, French Immersion, or any other version or type of FSL program, available in their province or territory of residence, and who do not match any of the French First Language criteria.

 Category 2: French First Language (“FFL”): students who satisfy one or more of the following criteria:

  • whose first language is French;
  • who speak, write and comprehend French with native fluency;
  • who regularly speak French at home with one or both parents.
  • who attend or have attended a French First Language school for more than 3 years within the past 6 years.

Contest opens in early October and deadline mid December.

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Grade Range
Grade 9 – Grade 12
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