$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

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What will you do to stop hatred and discrimination?

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  • All entries must include a real-life example of an act of discrimination you witnessed, an explanation of how you reacted and creative ideas for combating discrimination in the future. You are encouraged to reflect on ways you can help make your community and the world a more accepting and inclusive place. (If you responded, why and how did you stand up? How can you encourage your peers to do the same? If you didn’t respond, explain why not and what you can do differently next time.)
  • Essays cannot exceed 500 words.
  • Because entries are judged anonymously, the body of an essay must not include student’s name or school name. (Failure to comply can result in disqualification.)
  • Essays can address discrimination based on race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, economic status and/or physical, mental or emotional challenges.
  • Online entry is STRONGLY preferred.
  • Mailed entries MUST be accompanied by an official entry form.
  • Essays cannot be fictitious.
  • Essays must be original student work that is free of plagiarism.
  • Only one (1) entry will be accepted per student.
  • Group projects are not allowed.
  • Entries that are incomplete, submitted after the deadline or do not comply with contest deadlines will not be accepted.
  • Finalists must read their essays on stage at the annual awards ceremony Thursday, April 30, 2015 at Cleveland Museum of Art’s Gartner Auditorium.
  • All entries become the property of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and will not be returned.
  • The Maltz Museum reserves the right to cancel, modify or delay the Contest.

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