Rural Health Essay Scholarship Contest Held

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The Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health is partnering with the Michigan Center for Rural Health on an essay scholarship contest for Upper Peninsula high school seniors. Students who will begin college in fall 2021 and plan to pursue a healthcare career are eligible to submit an entry before the deadline of Friday, Oct. 9.

The scholarship contest is an advance celebration of National Rural Health Day, recognized on Nov. 19. The essay topic to be addressed, in 500 words or less, is this: “In you rural region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, identify two challenges people encounter when it comes to preventative healthcare and then explain two solutions for overcoming these challenges.”

Three scholarships—$500 for first place, $250 for second and $100 for third—will be awarded in each of the Eastern, Central and Western regions of the Upper Peninsula. Winners will be notified the second week of November and the first-place essays will be shared with students' hometown newspapers for possible publication. Scholarships will be distributed in January 2021.

Essay contest sponsors are The Michigan Center for Rural Health, Superior Health Foundation, UP Area Health Education Center and Portage Health Foundation. For more information, or to enter, visit

Prepared By

Kristi Evans
News Director

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