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$1,500 Scholarship Essay contest for Undergrads from FAAN
[i]Biunno-FAAN College Scholarship Essay Contest
We are excited to announce the kickoff of our annual scholarship essay contest. As in past years, we are inviting college students, including incoming freshmen, with any type of food allergy to enter. The contest rules follow.
Eligibility: Any undergraduate (including incoming freshmen) or graduate student with a food allergy who is attending a college or university in the United States may enter the contest. Each finalist will be required to furnish a letter from his or her physician confirming the food allergy. Previous winners of the scholarship are not eligible to enter.
Scholarship Funding: Scholarship funding is being provided by Jeffrey and Laurie Biunno, FAAN, Novadigm, Inc, and Dey.
Essay Theme: How Food Allergy Has Made a Difference in My Life
Length of Essay: 500-1,000 words
Grand Prize: $1,500 scholarship
The one-time scholarship will be paid directly to the winner's college or university to pay for tuition costs only.
Entry Requirements: Each essay must include the student's name, e-mail address, age, mailing address, phone number, food allergy, and the college or university name.
Deadline: Entries must be postmarked or received via e-mail by midnight EST on April 1, 2004.
Mail essays to:
Scholarship Essay Contest
The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network
11781 Lee Jackson Hwy., Suite 160
Fairfax, VA 22033-3309
or e-mail essays to:
All entries received become the property of FAAN. The winning essay will be featured in an issue of Food Allergy News for Teens and on the teen website, [url=http://www.fanteen.org.[/i]]www.fanteen.org.[/i][/url]
Edited to add that this link now lists the winners:
[i] Biunno-FAAN College Scholarship Essay Contest
FAAN's Annual College Scholarship Essay Contest
Congratulations to McConnell and Stephanie who have both won scholarships for their essays depicting how food allergy has made a difference in their lives. Below are excerpts from their winning essays. We'll feature others in the coming months. Our next contest will open in December.
Allergic to dairy, eggs, and peanuts
Another life-altering challenge arrived during my junior year in high school. I was diagnosed with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. Interestingly enough, one reason they went undiagnosed for so long was because I transferred my food allergy coping tools and surviving methods to reading. Therefore, as I physically thrived, I likewise academically thrived far beyond my documented abilities. That is because, unlike many other learning disabled students who have no other challenges and give up when they hit the "wall," I just habitually and tenaciously jumped over hurdles, as I do daily with my diet.
Coping has made me far more self-aware than my peers. Planning, persistence, responsibility, self-advocacy, and advocacy for others with like-challenges have become second nature. Choices about eating healthy, driving safely, and abstaining from drugs and alcohol, are easy. Knowing that I "can," I've excelled in sports and school, and assumed leadership roles.
Allergic to eggs, nuts, and fish
Constantly on the lookout for a harmful ingredient, I learned to read labels at an early age. After practicing to sound out the names of artificial substances, I could read almost anything. My pre-school teachers were impressed with my ability to pronounce large, complicated words. Since I have no chemical allergies, I often joked, "On a food label, the longer, more complex the word, the safer it is for me!" Even though having food allergies requires serious attention, I developed an offbeat sense of humor. My casual approach towards explaining my allergies did not undermine their threat, but rather, made others interested in helping to protect me from an allergic attack
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