$2,000 cash prize
Write a 150-250 word short essay
Previous round: Helping Others (2017)
Deadline for this round: August 1, 2018
Open to college students (current and future) studying in health and welfare fields, such as nursing, psychology, counselling and social work.
Your essay must follow this round's theme (details below).
Essay Theme: "Future Patients"
Do you know who your future patients are? What do you imagine about them and how will you help them?
Healthcare is an area where the aim is to help people achieve better physical, mental or social health outcomes. By studying health, you are preparing for a career in service of others. But do you know who those people might be? What could be the characteristics of a typical patient or client? Why do they need your help and how will your education enable you to serve them?
Please tell us what you imagine for your future career when you are helping individuals towards a better life.
Competition terms and conditions
The Healthy America Award essay competition is open to current and future college students who are, or will be, doing a healthcare course such as nursing, psychology, counselling and social work (see healthcare degrees list for examples). You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen enrolled, or planning to enroll, in an accredited college or university.
Fill in the form on this page to enter. It is recommended that you first draft your essay in a Word document or similar. If you have any submission problems, you may send your entry by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The competition closing date is August 1. A new round of the competition, with a different theme, will start as soon as the current round finishes.
The content of any entries may be used by Good Colleges for research or publishing purposes.
Judging and awarding
The winning essay will be selected by a panel and will be announced in the same month that the competition closes.
How well the essay follows the theme is a judging factor. A winning entry may be insightful, informative, entertaining or moving. There are no rules about what style of entry could win.
The $2,000 prize is paid via PayPal. An email address linked to a PayPal account is required for payment.
The winner is asked to send a photo of themselves with a winning certificate (to be supplied).
Enter the Healthy America Award (2018)
Join the discussion to enter
To enter the competition, copy your essay into the "Comment" section of the form below. Be sure to:
- Use the first line for the title of your essay.
- Write 150-250 words.
- Follow this round's theme: Future Patients.
From time to time, some of the best essays will be published.
Please get your entries in early. Extra marks will be given to original essays submitted early in the competition.