Essay Theme: "Helping Others"

Education can be a path to helping people in your community. Nursing, psychology, counseling and social work are all professions where you have opportunities to help people in genuine need.

How do you plan to use your healthcare education to do good things for other people? What do you hope to do after graduating? Tell us in 250 words or less.

2017 Healthy America Award: Entry Form

Your name

College course

College or university

Contact email

Essay title

Your essay (150-250 words)

Competition terms and conditions

The Healthy America Award essay competition is open to current and future college students enrolled in healthcare courses, including nursing, psychology, counseling and social work (see healthcare degrees list for examples). You must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen enrolled, or seeking 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

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).