APHA's 2014 Get Ready Scholarship is now closed

To raise awareness about emergency preparedness, APHA is offering its sixth annual Get Ready Scholarship. The scholarship is a component of APHA’s Get Ready campaign, which works to help Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies.

Three scholarships of $400 each will be awarded:board2
• One scholarship for a high school senior
• One scholarship for a college undergraduate
• One scholarship for a graduate student

Winning students will also receive a free one-year membership in APHA.

SCHOLARSHIP GUIDELINES
The Get Ready Scholarship, offered in conjunction with APHA’s Get Ready campaign, is designed to encourage high school and college students to focus on the importance of emergency preparedness. For more information on the campaign or preparedness, visit the Get Ready website.

I. ELIGIBILITY
The 2014 Get Ready Scholarship is open to:
a) U.S. high school seniors graduating in 2014 who plan to further their education at a college, university or certified trade school in the summer or fall of 2014;
b) Currently enrolled U.S. college or university students who will be continuing their studies at the undergraduate or graduate level in the summer or fall of 2014.

Previous Get Ready Scholarship winners are not eligible.

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II. CRITERIA: ENTRY QUESTIONS
Scholarship applicants should create an entry using one of the following questions, based on their current year of study:

1) High school seniors
Write a post for APHA’s Get Ready Blog explaining how individuals and communities can prepare for and prevent negative outcomes of severe weather issues in your community. The post should be between 300 and 400 words, conversational in tone and appropriate for a 5th- to 7th-grade reading level. Include links to documents and websites that reinforce or enhance your message. Be sure to make the connection in your blog to emergency preparednes.

2) Undergraduate college students
Develop a campaign plan to address the lack of preparedness for severe weather events or other public health emergencies by people in your community. The campaign should be a step-by-step plan a community group, government agency, school or other organization could use to reach your entire community. How would you motivate people to get prepared if they needed to shelter in place, for example? Your campaign should be one that an organization could carry out with a budget of no more than $2,500. Explain what you would do in 500-750 words and include a brief budget of expenses.

3) Graduate college students
Antibiotic resistance is one of the world's most pressing public health problems, and it’s increasing. Create an infographic on the impacts of antibiotic resistance to human health using Piktochart, a free online infographic creator. The infographic should include facts on antibiotic resistance, the scope of the problem and how it can be addressed. Include appropriate links to your citations with your infographic. For examples of health infographics created using Piktochart, see the winners of APHA’s recent National Public Health Week infographic contest.


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III. ENTRY GUIDELINES
Entries must follow the word length or criteria of the corresponding question. Do not submit photos with your entry. Entries must be original and solely the work of the entrant. Only one enrty per individual is accepted. All entries become the property of APHA and will not be returned. For full guidelines, visit our rules and regulations page.

IV. REQUIREMENTS
All applicants must submit an entry along with personal contact information. Only electronic submissions will be accepted and must be provided via the official online entry page/e-mail address provided. By submitting an entry, you agree to all official rules and regulations.

V. SELECTION PROCESS
The Get Ready campaign judging panel will read entries and select scholarship winners. Winners will be announced in May 2014 and will be notified via e-mail. The winners’ names, campaign plans, blog entries and infographics may be published on the Get Ready website or via other APHA communication outlets.

VI. SUBMISSION LIMITS
Entries will be limited to the first 300 submissions in each education level (300 high school submissions, 300 undergraduate submissions and 300 graduate submissions). Once the limit has been reached in a respective level, that level will be closed for submissions.

VII. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• Deadline for submissions is April 8, 2014, or until entry limits are reached. Any entries received after this time will not be reviewed.
• APHA will begin receiving submissions on Feb. 10, 2014, by 11 a.m. EST. Any entries received before this time will not be reviewed.
• Winners will receive one $400 scholarship apiece. The Get Ready Scholarship may only be used to pay for direct school costs.

For questions about the scholarship, e-mail Charlene Bright or call 202-777-2491. (Note: Do not send your entry to this e-mail address. Scholarship entries sent to this e-mail address may be disqualified.)

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Past scholarship winners
2013-2009 Get Ready Scholarship winners

About the Get Ready Scholarship
The Get Ready Scholarship, offered in conjunction with APHA’s Get Ready campaign, is designed to encourage high school and college students to focus on the importance of emergency preparedness. The annual scholarship opens each year in February.