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Jan. 06, 2015

Annual essay contest is proud to offer ten Jan Egerton and Don Smitley Mesothelioma Scholarships to deserving students in colleges and universities throughout the United States. It is our hope to help the educational efforts of students while raising awareness for mesothelioma and its cure. Mesothelioma is a disease that has affected many; both young and old, over the past century.  

The winners of this essay contest will be awarded a check to be used to pay for college tuition and or education-related expenses. One (1) essay per student is allowed. This essay contest is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a college or university located within the 50 United States or the District of Columbia. U.S. territories are excluded.

Mesothelioma is a terminal cancer diagnosed in close to 3,000 Americans each year. The only established cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Most victims were unwittingly exposed to asbestos at work or while serving in the military. Others developed mesothelioma because of exposure from family members coming home from work with their clothes covered in asbestos fibers. The average survival time after a mesothelioma diagnosis varies from four to 18 months.

Interested applicants may submit an essay between 750 and 1,500 words on any one of the following three topics: A mesothelioma survivor’s personal story, A history of asbestos use in American manufacturing/industry,The latest developments in the treatment of mesothelioma.

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