The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners has announced four winners of its annual student scholarship competition. Each winner received $ 2,500 for outstanding academic essays for a total of $ 10,000 in academic grants.

2020 NBCE Essay Contest Winners:

Austin Bergquist
Life Chiropractic College West, “Evidence-based practice has not solved what it intended”

Grant Speer
Logan University, “Why chiropractors have great potential to improve the financial situation of our country”

Alli Totzke
National University of Health Sciences, “Challenge of the profession”

Stephanie Vos
University of Northwestern Health Sciences, “White bodies feel at home in a white supremacist society”

To be considered eligible, applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. chiropractic program accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education (CCE). Chiropractic program registrars must certify the student’s enrollment and confirm that they have good academic status in their program.

Each essay must be original and be between 1,200 and 3,000 words long, with no references. The topics must be relevant to chiropractic. Topics can be: history, philosophy, practical perspectives, jurisprudence / law, ethics, theory, sociology, politics or social sciences. The selection process was rigorous and included relevance to chiropractic, relevance to current events or needs of the profession, academic style if the content provided new knowledge or information for the chiropractic profession, proper use of references, and general scholarship and quality of work.

The scholarship program is administered by an independent third party, Brighthall, Inc., with President Dr. Claire Johnson leads the blind review and selection process.

“The Audit Committee members were delighted with the quality of the submissions available and only had to select four out of dozen of excellent submissions this year,” said Johnson.

About NBCE
NBCE, headquartered in Greeley, Colorado, is the international testing organization for the chiropractic profession with the goal of ensuring professional competence through excellence in testing. Founded in 1963, NBCE develops, administers, and evaluates standardized exams for candidates seeking a chiropractic license in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and several international countries.