The Diabetes Awareness Essay Contest is an annual competition allowing student participants the opportunity to research, organize and present perspectives on a given topic related to Diabetes. With almost 400 million people worldwide suffering from the three types of diabetes and with Texas Lions involved in helping youth with the disease, the contest emphasizes the need for new ideas, understanding and dissecting societal and individual issues associated with the condition.  The scholarship awards for this contest are $2,000 for 1st place, $1,250 for 2nd place and $750 for 3rd place.

Diabetes Awareness Essay Contest Coordinator

PDG Cesar Montelongo
P.O. Box 562
Donna, Texas  78537
(956) 460-7601 (cell)

Topic for the 2017-2018 Year

”Accepting a Diabetes Diagnosis: What can Parents, Partners and Caregivers do to help loves adjust to a “new normal?“


What specialized knowledge should ALL people acquire about nutrition and the process of digestion in order to assist themselves or others who are diagnosed with prediabetes or diabetes (Type 2 and Type1) to manage their conditions more effectively, and in what ways can young people today lead the way to make this need for this specialized knowledge a
priority in our society?



 The Diabetes Awareness Essay Contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors. Scholarship awards must be collected no later than two (2) years following the recipient’s graduation from High School.

Application Process and Rules

Students should contact their local Lions Club to inform them that they wish to participate in the contest. Then the participant must complete the Common Contest application form, the Medical Power of Attorney Form and sign the Code of Conduct.  Students may download each of these from the links below, fill them out in Adobe Reader and submit them according to the rules for the contest. Any questions should be directed to the Contest Coordinator listed above.

Common Contest Application Form

Please note that you will need to open the above file in Adobe Reader.
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Medical Power of Attorney Form

Code of Conduct Form

Rules of the Contest

Since each district is responsible for providing a chaperone, they must complete the Chaperone Guidelines Form also.

Claiming Your Scholarship

To collect your scholarship award, the contest winner or runner-up must submit proof of registration information from a university, college, junior college or vocational school. A formal request for payment, using the scholarship request form below,  should be sent to the state office along with any supplemental information needed by the institution (i.e. scholarship forms, etc). Scholarship awards must be collected no later than two (2) years following the recipient’s graduation from High School. Send request for payment to:

Texas Lions MD-2 State Office
P. O. Box 294509
Kerrville, TX 78029-4509
Phone: 830-257-6557

Please note that payment will be made directly to the designated school.  All scholarship awards must be collected no later than two years following the recipient’s graduation from High School.

These instructions also appear in the Contest Rules (see above).

District Application Check-Off List

Districts that sponsor winners to the State Contest will need to follow the below checklist to comply with all procedures for application.

District Application Check List