“It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest

Presented by Gilda’s Club Quad Cities

Gilda’s Club is offering two, $1,000 scholarships to be awarded to students who have been impacted by cancer in their lives.

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How to Apply

We are looking for honest, detailed personal essays by young writers (11th-12th grade) who demonstrate an authentic ability to move readers by sharing their experience with cancer.

  1. Each student may submit only one essay
  2. The essay must be the work of a single student and authored by the student
  3. Essay length must fall within the following limits: 500 – 2000 words
  4. Each essay must include the It’s Always Something Teen Essay Contest entry form
  5. Entries must be submitted by 2/01/2019

Download Application 

Mail the completed application by February 1, 2019 to:

It’s Always Something Essay Contest
Gilda’s Club Quad Cities
1234 East River Drive
Davenport, IA 52803

Material may also be emailed to kcraft@gildasclubqc.org with a subject noting “It’s Always Something” Teen Essay Contest.

Please make certain to answer all information.

Best of luck to you!

Who Is Eligible?

This contest is available to students grades 11 and 12 in the Gilda’s Club Quad Cities service area

How Are Entries Judged?

Personal voice: Judges will be looking for an interesting engaging essay told in your own words. The essay should describe your experience and an overall message about how your experience impacted your life.

Clarity and Style: Judges will look for a clear and consistent focus in your writing and a logical progression of ideas. Good grammar, accurate word choices and correction punctuation and sentence structure should be used.

Celebrity Judges: Denise Hnytka, WQAD; John Marx, Dispatach-Argus; and Paula Sands, Paula Sands Live.

How Much Are The Awards?

Gilda’s Club will award two $1,000 Scholarships.


About Gilda’s Club
The mission of Gilda’s Club Quad Cities is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.

Free of charge, Gilda’s Club Quad Cities provides support, education and hope to all people affected by cancer. As a Cancer Support Community affiliate, we are part of the largest employer of psychosocial oncology mental health professionals in the United States. Our global network brings the highest quality cancer support to the millions of people touched by cancer.