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James O'Connor Memorial Scholarship Essay Contest

Write an essay no fewer than 700 and no more than 1,500 words in length on some or all of the following questions:

Writing Prompt:
Please address some or all of the following questions:

Should cancer patients and doctors be able to use whatever treatments they like in treating cancer? Why?
What are some examples of “alternative therapies” and why do cancer patients use them when they are not FDA approved?
Should medicinal medicine and folk medicine have any relevancy in cancer?
It is estimated that it costs over $400 million to bring a new cancer drug to market. Does that establish roadblocks for the testing and approval of alternative therapies?
What changes or improvements should be made in our healthcare system and the way we treat cancer in this country so that cancer is no longer the leading cause of death in Americans under age 85?

The end of each month, October - June. The $1,000 scholarship is paid within a month.

To Enter:
To receive a scholarship application which will include the rules and deadlines please send an email to: Please put the word “Scholarship” in the subject line.


end of each month October - June

Application Procedure:
Student applies directly

Eligible to Apply:

Undergraduate: At any level

Graduate: At any level

Award Type:
Essay Contest
Scholarship / Fellowship

Award Period:
Academic Year (Undergraduate)
Academic Year (Graduate)

Disciplines / Areas of Study or Interest:
Open to all fields

Additional Qualifications:

Last Updated:
July 18, 2018

Last Updated: 9/12/17