​The Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery (PAD) is dedicated to actively educating Pennsylvania’s youth about sun safety. To further its mission, the PAD created the Sun Defense Essay Contest as a way to engage elementary school students about the dangers of overexposure to the sun.

Contribute to the Fund

The PAD Public Health Education Fund provides the grant to the school that wins our Sun Defense Essay Contest. We accept financial contributions from corporations and individuals to support this worthy program. Because the PAD Public Health Education Fund is administered by The Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, a 501(c)3 organization, all contributions are tax deductible as a charitable contribution.

Donate Online (this link takes you to the website of the Foundation of the Pennsylvania Medical Society, where you can safely make your online donation. when it asks you to "Designate my gift to," select "Other" and type "PAD Public Health Education Fund" in the box labeled "Other gift designation."


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Sun Defense Essay Contest

How the contest works: Participating schools have their students write an essay, 500 words or less, about the reasons people should protect themselves from the sun. Each school selects “one” winner from its student body to represent the school in the contest. The winning essay must be submitted to the PAD for consideration. The Academy will then select one winner.

Prize: The winning school will receive a grant to create and fund its own sun safety education program. The contest’s inaugural winner was Young Scholars of Western Pennsylvania Charter School.

Who is eligible: Only elementary school students (up to sixth grade) are eligible. The contest rotates to a different region (western, eastern and central regions) in Pennsylvania. Contact paderm@pamedsoc.org if your school is interested in participating.

Additional Information

Email paderm@pamedsoc.org or call (866) 650-3376 for more information.


About PAD

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