Deadline for entry is April 6
Over $7,000 in scholarships was awarded through the DRM International Learning Center (DRM) high school senior health care essay contest last year.
Applications and essays are now being taken for the fifth annual DRM Learning Center high school senior health care essay contest. The contest gives high school seniors an opportunity to win scholarships valued up to $4,800.
Last year’s top essay was authored by Lansing Eastern High School senior, Victoria Churchill. Her essay entitled “Is There Really a Need for Healthcare” was selected the winner as the top essay. As the first place winner, Churchill’s prize was a full scholarship to DRM ‘s one-of-a-kind CNAplus™ Program. Learning Center high school senior health care essay contest. The contest gives high school seniors an opportunity to win scholarships valued up to $4,800.
Churchill is currently working on attaining her state certification. DRM International Learning Center offers students assistance in preparing to take the certification exam.
With aging baby boomers, and the need for nursing assistants, the CNA job market is expected to boom over the next five years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of certified nurse aides will increase by more than 28 percent by the year 2016. The biggest spike is expected in geriatrics.
Nursing assistants provide care for patients in hospitals, health care facilities, nursing homes, and mental health facilities. Nurse aides provide hands-on care for patients as well as assist doctors and nurses in a hospital or other medical facility. Some certified nurse aides provide care by visiting patients in their own homes at regular intervals.
The deadline for submissions this year is Friday, April 13, 2012. The winners will be notified by mail and posted on DRM ILC’s website and Facebook page on Friday, May 4.
Last year’s second- and third-place winners were Lansing Everett’s, Harley Cook ($1,223 scholarship) and Lansing Eastern’s Amelia Arreguin- Cisneros. The senior received a full scholarship to DRM’s Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training program.
All essays are judged based on understanding of the topic, style, writing, spelling, grammar and creativity.
Along with an application, which can be found at their local high school counselors office, DRM offices or here, high school seniors are asked to submit a short literary composition on one of these four healthcare topics:
- How do you plan to impact the lives of others with a career in health care?
- Describe a situation in which someone you knew needed healthcare. How did you help? What did you learn from this experience?
- What interests you most concerning a career in healthcare?
- What aspects of the current health care system in the United States, would you like to see change? What specific changes would you recommend? Why?
- All essays must be original student work (typed) of 500 words or less.
- Each applicant must submit an application, attached to their essay.
- All essays and accompanying applications must be mailed to DRM International Learning Center, 3204 Pennsylvania Ave., Lansing, MI 48910. Winners will be announced May 4, 2011.
The winner will receive a scholarship to DRM International Learning Center‚ CNAplus™ Program.
The other two scholarship prizes to be awarded are a scholarship to DRM International Learning Center’s Certified Nursing Assistant program along with a class which includes clinical practice in Dementia/Alzheimer’s Care; and a DRM International Learning Center Certified Nursing Assistant program scholarship.
DRM International Learning Center became a state licensed full service vocational school in 2006. Located in Lansing, Michigan, DRM offers a dynamic three-tiered development program for individuals wanting to enter the healthcare professions. Graduates of DRM enjoy 98% placement rate in the healthcare industry. Programming includes basic home health aide training, advanced home health aide training, certified nurse assistant training, CNAplus‚Ñ¢ training, CPR/First Aid training, and employability training. DRM serves the Lansing community. Our mission is to provide effective classroom instruction in high demand healthcare fields and community course that lead to sustainable employment and community service.
For more information on the essay contest and its rules and requirements click here for details.