Healthcare Management Essay Competition Scholarship By Richard J Stull

Richard J. Stull Essay Competition

This annual essay competition provided under Richard J. Stull is sponsored by the American College of Healthcare Executives and was designed to encourage and inspire future healthcare management leaders to detect and illustrate the issues of importance affecting the healthcare industry. The competition is open to undergraduate students in the United States and Canada enrolled in healthcare programs that participate in the ACHE Higher Education Network.

Prizes are awarded in the undergraduate and graduate divisions to the first, second and third place winners in amounts of $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. Students must complete an essay up to 15 pages long. The total page count for each essay does not include the executive summary, which can be 100 to 150 words, the endnotes and the bibliography. The faculty within each participant program must choose the student and essay that will represent their program in the competition. Schools with both undergraduate and graduate programs in health care administration can choose one student to represent each division.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Undergraduate or graduate student in the United States or Canada enrolled in a health care administration program that participates in the ACHE Higher Education Network.
  • Be an ACHE Student Associate or be active in ACHE as a Member or Fellow.
  • Complete and submit an individual, previously unpublished essay in an eligible topic relevant to the field.
  • Students completing post graduate programs are not eligible. Students enrolled in Executive Programs are eligible if the essay is the result of an individual effort.

Essay Instructions

  • Essays can be up to 15 pages, not including the executive summary, the end notes and the bibliography.
  • The executive summary must be between 100 and 150 words and must follow the title page.
  • The student’s name must appear only on the title page.
  • The essay’s title must appear on the executive summary and on the first page of the essay text.
  • Essays must be typed, double-spaced and exhibit margins of 1 ¼ inches on all sides.

Essay Topic Examples

  • Policy and strategy
  • Board, medical staff and management relationships and their accountability
  • Financial management
  • Management of human resources
  • Systems management
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Research
  • Law and ethics
  • Public/community relations
  • Government regulations

Judging Criteria

  • Selected essays will be graded by a panel consisting of practitioners in the field as well as faculty. The judges’ criteria include five areas:
  • The essay topic’s significance in healthcare management
  • The creativity of how the topic as been approached
  • How precise and thorough the topic as been developed in the essay
  • The practicality of the suggestions proposed in the essay to guide any action in the field of health care administration
  • The clarity and brevity of the essay


Three winners will be chosen from each division of undergraduate and graduate. The first place winners from each division will receive $3,000 in cash and their educational program will receive $1,000. The second place winners will each receive $2,000 and the third place winners will each receive $1,000. All students who participate and whose essays are sent to ACHE for judging will also receive a certificate and keepsake as recognition for their participation in the competition. Additionally, all six of the finalists will be invited to attend and participate in the Congress of Healthcare Leadership, to be held March 11 to March 14, 2013 in Chicago.

The transportation and accommodations expenses for two nights for each finalist will be paid by ACHE. The finalists’ awards will be presented during the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon. The first place winners in the undergraduate and graduate divisions will also have their essays published in an issue of the Journal of Healthcare Management. These two winning essays will become the permanent property of the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives. These essays cannot be reprinted without written permission from the editor.


Entries to the Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition are only accepted via email. The academic director of each program must send the completed entries to EssayEntries@ache.org by December 7, 2012. For more information you can visit the scholarship page.

Each entry must include:

  • The academic director’s affirmation that the accompanying entry has been chosen as an official representative to the 2013 Richard J. Stull Essay Competition in Healthcare Management.
  • An indication to which division the entry is being submitted: undergraduate or graduate.
  • The complete and official name of the participating health administration program.
  • The college or university’s name.
  • The title of the essay.
  • The student’s full name.
  • Two copies of the official entry in a format compatible with MS Word 6.0/95 (or higher).

The copies must be organized as follows:

  • One attachment named “AUTHOR.DOC” which includes the student’s identifying information and will be used for ACHE’s internal records. This document should include a title page with the essay’s title, author’s name and the name of the school.
  • One attachment named “NO AUTHOR.DOC” which will not include any author identifying information and will be sent to the panel of judges. This document should not include any information that can be used to identify the author, the school or the program. Any program formatting information that can be used as identification should also be removed.
  • Both documents must include the executive summary as well as any applicable figures, tables and references.