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The 2018-2019 National Essay Contest winners have been selected! Click here to meet them and read their essay!

What is the National Essay Contest?

Are you in Grade 10, 11 or 12 (secondaire IV or secondaire V in Quebec) and registered in a French program?

Do you need a little boost to continue your education in French after high school?

Take part in the National Essay Contest for the chance to win a scholarship ranging between $1,000 and $12,000 in one of the following post-secondary institutions:


You’ll also have the chance to have your essay read by our celebrity judge!

Magali Harvey’s rise to one of the world’s best women’s fifteens players began in high school, where she graduated from St. Patrick’s High School in Quebec City, Quebec. Having received her first cap with Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team in 2011, Harvey was later on the Canadian side that won a silver medal at the 2013 Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. She has also represented her country with the fifteens and was a big reason why Canada also finished second at the 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup. After her strong performance, in which she finished second in tournament scoring with 61 points and had a highlight reel 87-metre run for a try against France, Harvey was named the 2014 IRB Women’s Player of the Year. Magali is fully bilingual, and she is our Celebrity Judge for the 2018-2019 National Essay Contest.

How to participate?

  • Write a 750-word essay on this year’s theme. For the 2018-2019 edition, the theme was:

    “When I was in high school, playing rugby would allow me to relax and to find my balance” says Magali Harvey, member of the Canadian Rugby Team. With unlimited means (time, money, resources…), how would you improve the well-being of high school students?

  • Submit your essay between October and December by filling out our online form.

We strongly encourage you to read the Rules and Regulations as well as the Evaluation Grid before you start writing your essay.


At the time of entry each entrant must indicate on their entry form into which of the two categories below he or she best fits:

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.

What’s next?

  1. Essays will be marked by a panel of French teachers and our celebrity judge, using the Evaluation Grid
  2. Winners will be announced at the beginning of March following the Contest.

If you teach French in Canada and you would like to be a part of our panel of judges for 2019-2020, please reach out to us by filling out this form.

The 2018-2019 National Essay Contest winners have been selected! Click here to meet them and read their essay!