Thank you to all of the entrants of our 2022 NetPEO Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship, which is now closed. The winner will be notified on this page shortly. We are not currently accepting any applications. The next round is prone to begin in June 2023.
As a company, NetPEO recognizes the need for more lung cancer awareness among teenage and young adult tobacco users and non-users. Despite smoking’s known risks, many teens continue to pick up the habit.
This is why NetPEO is offering a $2,500 Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship. Applicants must be college-bound high school students or current college attendees, and must write an essay about how smoking affects society as a whole and what young people can do to address the issue with their peers.
For nearly two decades, NetPEO has been offering a simple and cost-effective way for businesses to find a professional employer organization (PEO). By bringing small- and mid-sized businesses together with human resource outsourcing companies, we give our clients leverage and opportunity to compete at the same level as their larger competitors.
NetPEO brokers feel the same way about education: a quality education can afford young people the leverage and opportunity to compete in the global workforce.
Tobacco-Related Lung Cancer Is Preventable
According to tobacco data statistics published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 9 in 10 cigarette smokers started smoking by the time they were 18 years of age.
The American Lung Association’s Lung Cancer Fact Sheet states that smoking contributes to 80% of lung cancer deaths in female smokers and 90% of lung cancer deaths in men who smoke.
The CDC notes that higher academic achievement is a social and environmental factor that can lead to reduced tobacco use among young people. The American Journal of Epidemiology published an article quoting a study that showed higher education led to less overall smoking and to reduced smoking over time.
NetPEO hopes the Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship can serve as an important reminder to young people: tobacco use is the leading contributor to preventable diseases, disability, and death in the U.S.
NetPEO Spotlights Outstanding Young People
Each day, nearly 2,000 young people under 18 years of age smoke their first cigarette. Over 300 of those become daily cigarette smokers. About 27% of high school students said they currently used a tobacco product.
Our hope is that by spotlighting young people who understand the harm this dangerous habit can have on themselves, their peers, and the community as a whole, we can make a difference in reducing smoking-related lung cancer deaths.
The NetPEO Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship is open to high school and college students who must:
- Be in good academic standing
- Plan to pursue a university degree, or are currently pursuing a university degree
To apply, please write a 500 to 1,000-word essay on the effect smoking has on the entire community and what young people can do to address this issue among peers.
Once applicants complete the scholarship application form on this website, members of our company will create a committee to choose the winning essay. The author of this essay will be featured on this website and announced publicly.
We hope the NetPEO Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship will help a student advance on their academic path and act as a reminder that young people have a voice in helping to reduce smoking-related lung cancer.
NetPEO Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship Application
Our company wants to know about you and your interest in this scholarship. Please write a short informational paragraph about yourself and let us know how this scholarship can help you reach your academic goals. This introductory paragraph will not count toward the total word count of your essay.
Write a 500 to 1,000-word essay on how smoking affects the community as a whole, and what young people can do to address this with their peers.
- To apply you must be enrolled in a high school curriculum, be on track to graduate on time, and intend to work toward a university degree following graduation
- You must be enrolled at a college or university and remain in good academic standing, AND
- You must submit an official high school or college transcript
How To Apply
To apply for the NetPEO Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship please fill out the application form found on this page.
We regret that, for legal reasons, we are unable to accept calls, emails, or other communication regarding the scholarship, or answer any questions, other than those submitted here. All the necessary details about this scholarship can be found above. We will make sure to contact you in case we need any further information.
Any applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Terms and Conditions
Before applying, make sure to read our Lung Cancer Awareness Scholarship terms and conditions page.