High School Essay Contest

Are you a cancer survivor?

Have you helped a family member or friend with cancer?

Share your story!

  • Write a maximum of 1,500 words about your experience in one of two categories: Personal (your own cancer) or Family and Friends (a loved one’s cancer)
  • Previous entrants may re-apply with new and original pieces.
  • Submit all entries by midnight on Saturday, February 29, 2020. dearcanceritsme@gmail.com
  • Contest is open to students in 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades in schools located in CSCVVSB’s service area including Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys.

Awards Reception and Ceremony

An awards reception and ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 4, 3 pm –5 pm at California Lutheran University, Lundring Events Center.  All contest entrants and families are invited.

Scholarship Awards

1st Place: $1000
(One in each category)
2nd Place: $500
(Two in each category)
3rd Place: $250
(Three in each category)

Download an entry packet below. All forms must be completed and submitted no later than midnight on Saturday, February 29, 2020.

Dear Cancer, It’s Me Essay Contest Entry Forms


Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Contact Donna Baharouzi at 805-379-4777 or email dbaharouzi@cancersupportvvsb.org.


2020 Sponsors

Tami & David Wank