Public Health Essay Contest

2020 Scholarship Contest

Charles T. Gibson Public Health Essay

1st Place: $1,000 Scholarship & $75 Gift Card

2nd Place: $500 Scholarship & $50 Gift Card

3rd Place: $300 Scholarship & $50 Gift Card

Essay Topic: 

Discuss a current public health issue negatively impacting your local community such as vaping or opioid abuse. Essays should include a title page, discussion of health issue, supporting facts and resources, recommendations for possible solutions, and reference page.

Due: March 27th, 2020 no later than 5pm


  • Must be a resident of Wayne County in 9th-12th grade
  • Students who plan to participate must complete the entry form and review entry requirements below
  • Can be typed or handwritten
  • Typed essays must be double spaced, size 12 font, Times New Roman or Arial font with 12 inch margins
  • Essays must contain the last 4 of your social security number in the top right corner of every page submitted—DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME
  • Must include at least 3 scholarly sources
  • No more than 1500 words
  • Notified finalists MUST prepare a PowerPoint presentation of their topic to the Wayne County Board of Health on June 10, 2020 at 6pm
  • Presentation can be up to 15 minutes in length and no more than 5 slides
  • Essays may be uploaded online using the online submission, brought in or mailed to the Health Department

Health Department Address:

301N. Herman St., Box CC

Goldsboro, NC 27530

Please write on envelope “Attn:  Charles T. Gibson Public Health Essay Contest”

Online Entry Form

Printable Entry Form

Online Submission

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