Essay Competition

Since 1995, Florida Atlantic's Health Administration programs have been competing in the annual Richard J. Stull Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Management (formerly, called the Hill-Rom Student Essay Competition in Healthcare Administration). The purpose of the competition is to stimulate and demonstrate the ability of future healthcare executives to identify and describe important issues and developments in their chosen profession.

This nationwide contest is highly competitive in each academic program is allowed only one entry per degree program per annum.


ACHE invites eligible students to submit high-quality essays with a focus on health management topics such as:

  • strategic planning and policy
  • accountability of and/or relationships among board, medical staff and executive management
  • financial management
  • human resources management
  • systems management
  • plant and facility management
  • comprehensive systems of services
  • quality assessment and assurance
  • professional, public, community or inter-organization relations
  • governmental relations or regulation
  • marketing
  • education
  • research
  • law and ethics

Florida Atlantic Representatives are as follows:

Undergraduate (BHS program)

1995 – Victoria M. Kurdziel (Second place)

1996 – Victoria M. Kurdziel (Second place)

1997 – Peter J. Azzole

1998 – Debby W. Abbo (Third place)

2012 – Geraldine Slawek

2014 – Dulce M. Luevano (Second place)

Graduate (MHA program)

2012 – Roxie Chadwell

2014 – Amy Holm