Asbestos.com awards $5,000 in scholarships to students who bring awareness to asbestos-related cancers.

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Scholarship Application

Complete this form and upload your two letters of recommendation, essay and picture.

  • Winners Each Fall
  • $3,000 1st Place Scholarship
  • $2,000 2nd Place Scholarship

Rules & Requirements

Essay Topics

Asbestos is a toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma, an often terminal cancer affecting more than 3,000 Americans annually. The topic you choose should bring light to the issues surrounding mesothelioma and help raise awareness about the disease, research, promising clinical trials, survivors and caregivers.

Winning Entries

We will publish the winning entries on our scholarship page and promote them exclusively on our social media accounts.

Scholarship Payment

One-time payment will be sent directly to the winners' schools.

  • Any undergraduate and graduate students
  • 18 years and older
  • Enrolled full-time in U.S. institution
  • Essay must be between 750 and 1,500 words
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Deadline: Aug. 20, 2016
Submit Your Essay & Personal Picture

We're Happy to Announce the 2015 Winners

  • Kishan Patel

    Kishan Patel 1st Place

    University of California

    Kishan tells a compelling story of how his family left India to live better lives, but they encountered mesothelioma after working many years in the U.S.

    Read Kishan's story
  • Michael Myers

    Michael Myers 2nd Place

    University Of Central Florida

    Michael explains the medical and political ramifications of mesothelioma and global asbestos use, as well as raising awareness about the disease.

    Read Michael's story

How to Apply

Step 1

Write Your Essay

The essay must explore the mesothelioma topics listed in the rules. Please keep the essay between 750 and 1,500 words.

Step 2

Submit Entry Online

When you've finished your essay, please fill out the online application and include your essay, picture and letters of recommendation.

Step 3

Provide Proof of Enrollment

Asbestos.com will contact finalists and ask them to request their official college transcript from their school and mail it to us.

Selection Process and Winners

How Will Winners Be Chosen?

Our judges will evaluate essays on style, grammar, level of research and quality of content. They will then select the two submissions that best capture the essence of the essay topics.

When Will Winners Be Announced?

After the judges submit their recommendations and come to a decision, we will notify winners by email and phone by the end of September 2016.

What Are the Judges Looking For?

Joe Lahav

Joe Lahav

An essay writer who shows real knowledge about the subject based on facts and figures, not an opinion.

Karen Selby

Karen Selby

A personal story reflecting a family connection to mesothelioma or one that shows a promise in treatment.

Missy Edmunds

Missy Edmunds

An entry written from the heart, showing the human element of how asbestos affects the community.

Michelle Whitmer

Michelle Whitmer

A passionate, clearly written essay with thorough research, genuine interest and fueled by progressive thought.

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