Spotlight on America’s Top Scholarships: Tylenol Future Care Scholarship
Offered by: Tylenol
About the Organization
If you’ve ever had a bad headache or a terrible flu, then you are probably familiar with the wonders of Tylenol products. They are a major player in the prescription drug industry. Tylenol/McNeil started back in 1879 when Robert McNeil opened McNeil Pharmacy in Philadelphia, where he manufactured and sold medications to hospitals and doctors throughout the city. In 1959, Tylenol was sold over the counter without a prescription and the rest is history. McNeil Consumer Healthcare continues to seek new opportunities to bring products to consumers around the world, creating better lives through better health.
Fun Fact: Wonder where Tylenol got its trademark name? McNeil’s sales team used some of the letters in the chemical name for acetaminophen, the main active ingredient in Tylenol.
For over 20 years Tylenol has awarded scholarships to students. Competition for the Tylenol Future Care Scholarship is steep – 25,481 students applied this year. Tylenol will award $250,000 total in scholarships. Ten applicants will receive 10,000 and 30 will receive $5,000. Applicants are judged on leadership qualities and academic performance. Winners are selected by the end of July and the scholarship funds are delivered by the end of August.
This scholarship is open to students who are pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. Students must have completed at least one year of undergraduate or graduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school. Students should demonstrate leadership qualities, good academic performance, and community involvement.
Students are required to apply online. Basic information, academic history, community involvement history and leadership qualities will be asked to be listed. Students will also have to complete two 500-word essays and include a resume.
Annual Application Window
The online application usually opens in early March and closes late May.
Meghan, is a 2011 Tylenol Future Cares Scholarship recipient. She is in her last year of medical school applying for residency programs in internal medicine and aspires to work with the elderly. She found out about the scholarship through a mentor in graduate school. Meghan found the application process to be easy and straightforward and suggested that every medical student should apply.
Tips on How to Win
You’ll want to make sure your scholarship resume is a stand out. Have another set of eyes look over and make sure you have specific details for each category. For example, when you list your volunteer experience, be specific about your length of involvement and what it is exactly that you did there.
For the required 500-word essays, make sure to condense your message so that it’s direct. Start by making an outline of all the important points you want to make and start writing from there. Make sure to revise extensively. Your essay should be based on a real life experience you’ve had; an experience that is personal and connects to the healthcare field. Meghan for example, had a close relationship with her grandparents, so she used her personal history with them as an example for why she wanted to enter the healthcare sector of elderly care. Think about what has motivated you to enter into the healthcare field; chances are you will be able to think of an experience or someone in your life who has inspired you to take the career path you have chosen.