Force For Good High School Essay Contest

Posted by Genome Medical


Genome Medical is committed to closing the diversity gap in our field and supporting students who are interested and not currently represented. We launch our first annual Force for Good Essay Contest, to increase awareness of professional opportunities in genetics.


Who can apply to the scholarship?

  • Eligible students must currently be sophomores or juniors in high school in the United States (US citizen) and identify as a member of one or more underrepresented population based on race, ethnicity, sex, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, country of origin, culture, language, religion, spiritual beliefs, health history, disability, financial hardship, and others. Students must be able to read and write in English and be able to submit their essay online.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd awards of ($2500 ,$1000, $500, respectively) to go to the winning essays which are picked by our diverse essay review committee made up of both clinical genetic and genomic healthcare providers and non clinical employees of Genome Medical. Monetary prizes to be awarded in addition to a public congratulations and post of the winning essays/students on our social media. Finalists will be contacted and their personal and school information will be confirmed and a photo will be requested (optional) for the purposes of announcing the winners.

What is the essay criteria?

  • Essay Question: There are long standing racial disparities in health care in the United States; how do you see these relating to the fields of genetics and genomics and what is a possible solution to address these issues?
  • Word Limit: 1000 word limit for submitted essays. Essays submitted online here
  • Deadline: Submission will be accepted from March 1st 2021 to April 15th 2021 with winners to be announced May 15th 2021.
  • Rubric: The essay submissions will be reviewed by a diverse committee and evaluated across following three areas 

1. Content  - Essay captures the audience's attention immediately, focuses on the assigned question with fully developed reasoning with specific details, provides a learning experience and includes a conclusion that connects the topic and all included concepts together.

2. Flow - Essay is smooth and coherent and transitions effectively direct readers from one idea/concept to the next.

3. Grammar/Spelling - Essay should be entirely free of grammatical errors. No spelling or punctuation errors.


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