POWER of PINK – Essay Competition

A Community Cancer Center Outreach Program

2024 Essay Submission

Submissions Open

April 15 – July 7, 2024

The Power of Pink campaign aims to raise awareness about cancer risks, utilizing the iconic pink ribbon symbol. By educating individuals about various cancer risks, the campaign empowers them to take charge of their health and address manageable risks through informed choices and access to resources.

In collaboration with Roseburg Forest Products the 2024 Power of Pink campaign introduces a student essay component, sponsored by the employees of Roseburg Forest Products Riddle and Dillard plants, that students from Douglas High School or Riddle High School can compete for. Participants are encouraged to explore lifestyle changes that can help reduce manageable cancer risks.

  • Candidates must currently be enrolled in the following Douglas County Oregon high schools as juniors: Douglas High School or Riddle High School. This means the candidate is a high school Junior who will matriculate to high school senior in the fall of 2024.
  • Candidates must have an accumulated GPA 2.5 or higher as of the end of school year 2023-2024. This information will be verified through your school’s counseling office.
  • Candidates are encouraged to provide a listing of extracurricular activities they deem important to them. Extracurricular activities may include but are not limited to clubs, organizations, volunteer hours, individual community projects, personal accomplishments etc. (10 points)
  • The essays should range from a minimum of 1,500 words to a maximum of 3,000 words (5 points) and explore the following questions;
    • What is cancer risk management and how can pink ribbon recognition raise awareness of manageable cancer risks? (75 points)
    • Why is cancer risk management important? (10 points)
    • How can manageable cancer risks be reduced? (10 points)
    • Provide a personal narrative depicting sustaining and long-term healthy lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your manageable cancer risks. (30 points)
  • Formatting requirements include; font of Times New Roman, pitch of 12, and line spacing of 1.08 (5 points)
  • Factual information must be supported by quoted content and accompanied by citations. (5 points)
    The use of any artificial intelligence is prohibited. (i.e. Open AI, ChatGPT, Murf, Jasper AI, Chatbot Live, Jenni AI, Tome, Synthesia, etc.)

Essays are reviewed on an objective and nondiscriminatory basis.

  • Candidates will be competing for one of three awards. First place is $750.00, second place is $500.00, and third place is $250.00.
  • Essays will be judged by a panel of educators, medical professionals, and stakeholders for the collaborating organizations.
  • Essay committee will review each essay based on the above stated points system in each category and subject exploration i.e.: story that depicts the importance of the Power of Pink campaign and implementing healthy lifestyle changes. There is no restriction on creativity.
  • Winners will be announced September 3, 2024 via email. Additionally, Douglas High School and Riddle High School counselors will receive an announcement detailing essay awards.
    • 1st Place $750.00 – Radio interview on October 3, 2024 at 8:15 am as part of the Power of Pink radio campaign along with winning awareness “Pink” merchandise for a school program of their choice.
    • 2nd Place $500.00
    • 3rd Place $250.00

Award funding must go toward aiding candidate in payment of direct college educational costs. Direct educational costs include tuition, fees, and required course materials.


For more information contact:
CCC Outreach Ed | Program Management
Angelia Freeman | Phone: 541-672-0072
or Email: