East West Lodge, announced today plans for $1,000 total in scholarship awards to be awarded annually to and divided between two full-time university students enrolled in U.S. or Canadian accredited institutions who demonstrate an interest in bringing awareness to Amazonian plant medicine.

The winners will be announced on March 1, 2018.  Click here to download the complete contest rules and


1st Prize: US$700

2nd Prize: US$300

Rules & Requirements
  • Any undergraduate and graduate students
  • 18 years and older
  • Enrolled full-time in U.S. institution
  • Essay must be between 750 and 1,500 words
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Deadline: January 31, 2018
Essay Topics

Plant medicines from the Amazon rain forests have been successfully used by the indigenous peoples of South America for over a thousand years. With the number of pharmaceutical related deaths on the rise in the U.S., perhaps Amazonian plant medicine is being overlooked and underutilized as a possible alternative in some cases.

The topic you choose should bring light to the issues surrounding Amazonian plant medicine and help raise awareness about Amazonian plant medicine uses, research and promising clinical trials.

 Winning Entries

Two entries will be chosen as the winners:

1st Prize: US$700

2nd Prize: US$300

We will publish the winning entries on our scholarship page and promote them exclusively on our social media accounts.

Scholarship Payment

One-time payment will be sent directly to the winner.

How to Apply

1. Write Your Essay

Please keep the essay between 750 and 1,500 words.

2. Submit Entry by Email

When you’ve finished your essay, please send us your essay and letters of recommendation (in scanned PDF form) by email to: scholarship@eastwestlodge.com

Please also be sure to include your full name, telephone number, the name of your school, your school year and your intended major.

3. Provide Proof of Enrollment

East West Lodge will contact finalists and ask them to request their official college transcript from their school and mail it to us.

Selection Process and Winners

How Will Winners Be Chosen?

Our judges will evaluate essays on style, grammar, level of research and quality of content. They will then select the two submissions that best capture the essence of the essay topics.

When Will Winners Be Announced?

After the judges submit their recommendations and come to a decision, we will notify winners by email and phone by March 1, 2018.