Scholarship Program


Sharps' Scholarship Program

Spring 2018 Scholarship Essay Contest Details

Sharps' essay contest is open to all students who have been accepted to, or are currently enrolled in an accredited university in healthcare related studies. We will be awarding three prizes to the top three essays chosen by our panel of judges.

Accepting essays beginning: October 23, 2017
Entry deadline: November 30, 2017
Winners will be announced: December 11, 2017

  • First Prize: $1,500
  • Second Prize: $1,000
  • Third Prize: $750

Official entry form for contest click here


To be eligible to win Sharps' scholarship, you must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen and have been accepted to or be currently enrolled full-time as an undergraduate, in an accredited university for the Spring 2018 semester in healthcare related studies. Proof of eligibility may be required.

Topic: The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)

The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), signed into law in 1976, tasked the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to draft and enforce the regulations that form the federal program based on the Act. RCRA authorized EPA to delegate the primary responsibility of implementing the hazardous waste program to states and territories with approved programs. To achieve approved program status (aka RCRA Authorization), a state's program must be substantially equivalent to, consistent with, and no less stringent than the federal program. What this means is that a state with a business-friendly agenda can't take the EPA regulations and water them down as a gift to hazardous waste generators within their borders. A more common occurrence is a state will go beyond the federal program to be more strict and more broad in its regulation of hazardous waste.

Why would states chose to enact more stringent regulations than the Federal EPA rules? What affect do stricter rules have on enforcement in those states?

Rules and Regulations

  • There is no entry fee or cost to the writer. No funds will be solicited by Sharps Compliance, Inc., now or at any time in the future with regard to this scholarship.
  • The scholarship is not open to persons, or relatives, previously or currently affiliated with Sharps Compliance, Inc., in any capacity.
  • All essays submitted become property of Sharps Compliance, Inc.
  • Submissions must be 1,250 to 1,500 words.
  • Essays are to be submitted with a signed copy of this form.
  • You may submit your essay via email to or by mail to Attn: Michele Guzman, Sharps Compliance, Inc., 9220 Kirby Drive, Ste. 500, Houston, TX 77054.
  • Cash prizes will be made payable to individual first, second and third place winners.
  • Sharps Compliance Inc. reserves the right to pay cash prizes directly to the winner's university.
  • The essays will be judged by a panel of individuals selected by Sharps Compliance Inc., whose decisions are final. No discussions or rationale for their decision will be given.
  • Please include contact information, as winners will be contacted via phone or email.
  • All sources must be cited properly in order to be eligible to win.

Direct any questions you may have to

Official entry form for contest click here

Fall 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

First Prize: Ivy L. - University of Michigan

Second Prize: Sienna L. - Purdue University

Third Prize: Juanita D. - Texas Woman's University

Spring 2017 Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

First Prize: Zoe B. - Kennesaw State University

Second Prize: Victoria M. - Saint Joseph's University

Third Prize: Valerie S. - Mercer University

Fall 2016 Scholarship Essay Contest Winners

First Prize: K. Warantz - Stockton University

Second Prize: N. Mohite - St. John's University

Third Prize: N. Dasari - University of Pennsylvania

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