MesotheliomaHelp is proud to once again offer ten (10) scholarships to students in colleges and universities throughout the United States. Our goal is to help the educational efforts of students while raising awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos. Mesothelioma is a disease that affects men and women – both young and old.
The ten scholarship amounts are as follows, and will be distributed after the winners have been notified on the summer of 2014.
- $5,000 – First Prize
- $2,500 – Second Prize
- $1,250 – Third Prize
- $500 – Fourth Prize
- $250 – Fifth Prize
- $100 – Honorable Mention (there are 5 Honorable Mention awards)
Type of Scholarship
Each winner of this essay contest will be awarded a check from the law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP. These funds must be used to pay for college tuition and / or education-related expenses.
One (1) essay per student is allowed.
This essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are 18-years-old or older and are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.
Previous first place winners are not eligible for participation.
Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. The only established cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Most victims were unwittingly exposed to asbestos at work or while serving in the military. Still others developed mesothelioma through exposure from family members coming home from work with their clothes covered in asbestos fibers.
Unfortunately, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the annual number of mesothelioma deaths is increasing. According to experts, over 20 million people in the United States are at risk of developing malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.
We believe it is important to get the facts out about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, and especially, to help educate young Americans by researching and writing about one of the below topics:
- A mesothelioma survivor’s personal story.
- A history of asbestos use in America.
- The latest developments in the treatment of mesothelioma.
The essay must be no fewer than 750 and no more than 1,500 words long.
- Essays will be judged by Jan Egerton, a mesothelioma survivor, and Lisa Hyde-Barrett, a thoracic surgery nurse.
- Submissions will be judged on content, correctness of facts, grammar, style, and originality.
- Judges will look for clear, original essays that are logically organized and well-supported.
Due to the popularity of social media and the ability to reach a wide number of people to educate them about mesothelioma, this year’s contest will include a public voting aspect. The judges will select the top 10 essays through the criteria listed above. The top five finalists will then have an opportunity to use social media to help determine their final placement. The finalists in positions six through 10 will be honorable mention winners and will be notified after the public voting period close. Honorable mention winners will not be selected by votes.
A page will be created on MesotheliomaHelp.net for the essays. A link to the essays will be provided to the finalists when they are notified of their placement.
The top five winners will be notified on Oct. 28 and will have three weeks to garner votes for their essays and to request citations (links) from other academic sources. Finalists should encourage their friends and families to read their essays through sharing on Facebook, Google+ or via Twitter postings. A specific #hashtag will be used to track the activity.
The winners will be determined by a combination of the number of votes for their essays and for the number of citations (links) from other academic works. Note that links are weighted more heavily than votes and each citation counts as 100 votes. Please note that we reserve the right to exclude any websites from the final tally that we deem inappropriate or irrelevant.
Please refer to the FAQs for examples of appropriate and inappropriate citations.
At conclusion of the voting period, the top five finalists will be selected and notified.
- The top five finalists, as selected by the judges and will be notified via email
- The 5 honorable mention winners will be notified via email after the public vote ends and the top 5 winners are selected
- Winners will be announced to the public
To Apply to the Essay Contest
- Fill in “Your Information” in the downloadable application to the right.
- Read the Rules and sign the application.
- Return this form by email (also download the PDF application here).
- Email your original essay to email@example.com on or before summer 2014.
Specific dates for applying and announcing the winners will be published on this page in the coming weeks.