ANNUAL “STOP THE HATE” SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 12, Essay Contest for Students Grades 6 – 12 Promotes Diversity & Tolerance

CLEVELAND, OH (SEPTEMBER 11, 2018) – The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will begin accepting applications for its annual Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out essay writing contest on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 following a launch event to be held at the Museum from 4 – 6pm. The event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be served. (2929 Richmond Rd in Beachwood; Registration encouraged but not required; 216-593-0575 or

The Stop the Hate Launch Event welcomes 6 – 12th graders, educators, and parents interested in learning more about the contest which annually awards $100,000 in scholarships and anti-bias education grants. Past winners will read their essays and give tips for writing and presenting followed by Q&A plus Museum open house.

The contest, focused on students speaking out in support of diversity and inclusion, has engaged an estimated 30,000 student participants across 12 Northeast Ohio counties and awarded $1 million to students and schools in scholarships and anti-bias education grants over the last ten years. This milestone year kicks off the second decade of the Stop the Hate, and it is as timely as ever.

Last year’s $40,000 grand prize winner was Hannah Shuffer of Orange High School, wrote of her brother Nathan who has cerebral palsy, saying:

It is inexpressibly hard to watch people treat my brother like he has no feelings, like he is lesser than, like he is not human. I soon began to realize that like most forms of discrimination, people’s preconceived notions had blinded them from truth.

Hannah’s full essay reading is available on the Maltz Museum’s YouTube channel along with the other remarkable top ten finalists

Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out celebrates the voices of young people in Northeast Ohio standing up and speaking out against hate. By reflecting on real life situations and sharing ways to create a more inclusive community, students can win big for themselves and their schools.
Each year, through the generosity of a donor, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage gives out $100,000 in scholarships, awards and anti-bias education in recognition of 6-12th grade upstanders in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties.

Each year, a new theme is selected for students to consider. This year, the Museum honors the memory and influence of one of the most widely known young writers in history, Anne Frank. As a Jewish teenager living in hiding during the Holocaust, Anne Frank wrote:

How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straight away!

The application asks students to consider, “Over 75 years later, what can be learned from Anne’s perspective on human nature? Can everyday, average people change the world? Think about your own life. Have you witnessed or experienced acts of injustice, racism, bigotry, or discrimination? How were you impacted by what you experienced, saw, or heard? What did you do, or what will you do, in response to these circumstances in order to create justice and positive change in your community?”

In 500 words or less, students are encouraged to share their experiences and submit their essay by the deadline based on grade category.

Grades 6-10
ESSAYS DUE: Wednesday, January 9, 2019; 11:59pm

Grades 11 & 12
ESSAYS DUE: Wednesday, January 16, 2019; 11:59pm

For more information on participation, please attend the launch event on Wednesday September 12, 2018, 4 – 6pm at the Maltz Museum or contact Manger of Public Programs, Stop the Hate, Ben Becker at 216-593-0577,, or visit the Maltz Museum online at

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Stop the Hate® is generously sponsored by Presenting Sponsor: Dworken & Bernstein; Signature Sponsors: AB Bernstein Private Wealth Management, Nordson Corporation Foundation, and Dealer Tire.

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