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Annual Student Scholarship

NBCE Announces 2018 Scholarship Winners

Greeley, Colo.The National Board of Chiropractic Examiners congratulates five winners of the $10,000 Annual Student Scholarship Competition.

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

The winning essays for the 2018 competition are:

  • Alexa Beloyianis, New York Chiropractic College: An Evaluation of the Relationship between Chiropractic and Allopathic Medicine in the Modern Age
  • Ryan Burdick, Cleveland University-Kansas City: Diversity in Chiropractic’s Highest Leadership Positions: A Critical Analysis of Chiropractic Institutions and a Path Forward
  • Samuel J. Feinberg, Sherman College of Chiropractic: On-Site Corporate Health Services and the Role of Chiropractic Care
  • Maithy Ta, Cleveland University-Kansas City: The Opioid Crisis Magnified in At-Risk Populations: A Narrative Review of the Literature
  • Hudson Taylor, Southern California University of Health Sciences: The Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic: A Delicate Balance

“The NBCE is proud to honor academic excellence through this program; the board is committed to supporting future chiropractors through scholarships,” said NBCE President Dr. Salvatore LaRusso. “Please join us in recognizing this outstanding group of students!”

Each winner will each receive $2,000 for his or her winning essay. The scholarship is open to students enrolled in U.S., CCE‐accredited, chiropractic degree programs. Entrants are required to submit an original essay, written by one student, on a humanities topic that focuses on or relates to chiropractic.

2019 Scholarship Competition

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The NBCE is pleased to offer chiropractic students the opportunity to receive one of four awards of $2500 each for outstanding scholarly papers.


  1. In good academic standing and enrolled in a US, CCE-accredited, chiropractic program at any time during 2019.
  2. Essay is submitted by October 1, 2019.


  1. Submit an original essay on any topic of your choice, as long as the topic is relevant to chiropractic. These may include: history, philosophy, practice perspectives, jurisprudence/law, ethics, theory, sociology, politics, or social sciences.
  2. To enter the competition, submit 2 items by email:
    • An original essay, submitted as a Word document. Length: no shorter than 1200 and no longer than 3000 words. Word count does not include references. Include title page with your name, cell phone, and email.
    • A letter from your registrar confirming enrollment and that you are in good academic standing in your chiropractic program.
  3. Judging criteria: relevance to the chiropractic profession, scholarly style, writing quality, originality, and use of references. Announcements of winning essays will be made by December 31, 2019.
  4. Only one essay is allowed per student per competition and only one author per essay. Students who submitted in the past but did not win may compete again with a new essay.
  5. Email materials to by October 1, 2019.

Due Date

Submit questions and all materials electronically to  no later than 12 noon Pacific time October 1, 2019. Announcements will be made no later than December 31, 2019.

The NBCE Scholarship competition is administered by an outside corporation, Brighthall.  All questions about the competition should be directed to Dr. Claire Johnson at