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The Larry Mulcrone Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to the children of current IDEOA Members.  All applicants must be enrolled for the 2022-2023 academic year. To apply, you must fill out the Memorial Scholarship Application Or Electronic Memorial Scholarship Application and include a typed essay consisting of 400-500 words on one of the following topics:   

A) Over the past one year, there were approximately 109,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States, an unprecedented and tragic number. In the last five years, fentanyl-related overdose deaths in the United States have exponentially skyrocketed. Illegal fentanyl, produced in Mexico by drug cartels, is driving most of the overdose deaths. Many drug overdose deaths are resulting from the use of fake pills that contain lethal doses of illicit fentanyl. Describe what you believe would be an effective fentanyl prevention campaign, targeted at children and young people. Specifically, provide the name of your drug overdose prevention initiative, and the strategy you would use to implement an effective campaign. Assume you have all necessary resources to establish the campaign.


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B) A number of states have moved to “legalize” marijuana for “medical” and/or recreational use, and some policy makers are discussing the possibility of “decriminalizing” personal use amounts of other deadly and addictive controlled substances. Please discuss potential, unintended consequences/threats that “decriminalization” of a variety of controlled substances – and the normalization of drug abuse - may have on the health and safety of the communities, families and children.

A complete list of school and community activities/honors must also be included.

A completed Application Packet must be submitted by U.S. Mail and postmarked no later than October 7, 2022. The Application Packet may also be submitted online via the IDEOA website ( no later than October 7, 2022. Award recipients will be notified by e-mail by October 20, 2022, and a check for $500.00 will be mailed to the recipient at the preferred mailing address listed above by November 1, 2022. Checks will be made payable to the College/University.

Previous winners are not eligible to apply again.

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