Community Leaders in Diversity Judge Student Essays

MaltzSTHVerticalColor-slideThe Maltz Museum recently announced the ten scholarship finalists for their annual essay contest Stop the Hate: Youth Speak OutNarrowed down from a group of twenty-five, these juniors and seniors from throughout Northeast Ohio are competing for a total of $100,000 in scholarships and prizes.  The final step will be their oral presentations before a panel of judges from the areas of business, law, and media at an event held at Severance Hall on March 13.

The judges for this year’s contest are:

  • Kevin Adelstein CEO and Publisher, Cleveland Jewish News
  • Tai Chi Chan HR Director of Strategy and Inclusion, Lubrizol
  • Mark Floyd Executive Vice President of Employment, DDR
  • Sandhya Gupta Attorney at Law and co-chair Princeton Prize in Race Relations
  • Traci Haynes Senior Community Outreach Specialist, Medical Mutual
  • LeJoyce Naylor Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Cleveland Clinic
  • Thomas Nobbe Executive Director, The Gay Games 9
  • Donnie Perkins Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University Hospitals    
  • Annie Robinson 2013 Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out grand scholarship winner

The event will be emceed by Dan Moulthrop, CEO at the City Club of Cleveland.  Dan first participated in the contest in 2013 as a judge.  “Last year, the finalists really opened my eyes to how meaningful and beautiful this contest really is,” he recalls. “When asked to help out this year, I didn’t hesitate. As a member of the community—and also representing the City Club in our ongoing partnership with the Maltz Museum—it’s an honor and a pleasure to be invited be a part of a celebration of our greatest and most inspiring young people.”

The 1500 essays submitted by juniors and seniors were first read and scored by more than 200 community volunteers.  The top 25 were then read by the panel of judges.  “Reading the Stop the Hate semi-finalist essays has been a humbling experience” says attorney Sandhya Gupta, a first-time judge. “I am impressed not only by the diversity of issues raised, but also by the depth of insight, character, and compassion reflected in the essays. I’m very much looking forward to the ceremony, which is sure to be a knock-out.” 

Scholarship Prize Winners are determined by a combination of essay and oral presentation scores, with the essay score having the most weight in determining the outcome.  The contest is open to public, private, and home-schooled students in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties. Juniors and seniors complete for three four-year college scholarships (one each $40,000, $15,000 and $10,000); they and younger students compete for cash prizes, class visits to the Museum, and resource materials for their schools. 

This year’s contest sponsored by Cleveland ClinicDealer TireKeyBank and the Nordson Corporation Foundation.



The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. 

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this organization with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.