Calling All Students

Alzheimer’s New Jersey’s Essay Contest is Officially Open!

Alzheimer’s disease impacts over 500,000 people in New Jersey including individuals who have the disease and family caregivers for those with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Alzheimer’s New Jersey® has partnered with the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) to recognize students who are making a difference in the New Jersey fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

Perhaps you know students that are helping to care for a grandparent or other loved one, or who have organized or participated in an event to raise funds and awareness about Alzheimer’s? Maybe they are educating their friends and neighbors about the effect of Alzheimer’s on their family, communities and our state?

Teachers are encouraged to have students share their story through the power of the written word. The first place winner will receive an education scholarship in the amount of $500 and the runner up will receive a $100 education scholarship.

Essays should be no longer than 500 words. The essay should describe what the student has done, why they did it, what it meant to them and the impact it has had on others or their community.

Essays must be typed and double-spaced. The student must include his/her name, age, grade level, address, email address, phone number, parent/guardian’s name, school name, and school district. If the essay is a school project, the student should also include the name of the teacher who assigned the activity. Nominations must be postmarked by March 31, 2017, to be eligible. Send entries to Alzheimer’s New Jersey, NJEA, 180 West State Street, PO Box 1211, Trenton, NJ 08607-1211, Attn: Dawn Hiltner or email dhiltner@njea.org with ALZ NJ Essay Contest in the subject line.

All written submissions will become property of Alzheimer’s New Jersey to be used as desired (on the Alzheimer’s New Jersey website, social media, used for publicity, etc.).

Entries are open to New Jersey public middle and high school students (grades 6 through 12). Entries will be judged by a panel comprised of Alzheimer’s New Jersey representatives. Winners will be notified by mid-April.

Information can also be found on the NJEA website under Partnerships and Contests or by clicking this direct link: http://www.njea.org/parents-and-community/partnerships-and-contest/alzheimers_new_jersey_essay_contest