for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

You have the power to make a positive difference in the world.

Teachers! Get
Your Students

Register as a
Stop the Hate Reader

Complete Rules
& Guidelines

Entry Form

General Guidelines

Essay Contest

The 2020 contest is now closed. To learn more about the annual scholarship contest, please contact program manager, Ben Becker at 216-593-0577 or

Athena Grasso Download the complete contest rules here.

  • Essays cannot be fictitious. All entries must include a real-life situation and creative ideas for making the world a more accepting, inclusive place.
  • Essays must be original student work and free of plagiarism.
  • Essays cannot exceed 500 words.
  • Online entry is preferred.
  • Mailed entries must be accompanied by the official entry form.
  • Only one (1) entry will be accepted per student.
  • Group projects are not accepted.
  • Entries that are incomplete, submitted after the deadline or do not comply with contest guidelines will not be accepted.
  • All entries become the property of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage and will not be returned. Finalists agree to have their photo and essay reprinted online and in a book of essays. They agree their likeness and words may be used for promotion of the contest.
  • All finalists must appear and 11-12th grade finalists must read their essays on stage at the annual Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at Severance Hall.
  • The Museum reserves the right to cancel, modify or delay the contest.
  • Presented By:

    Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

  • Generously Supported by

    Presenting Sponsor
    Dworken & Bernstein

    The Semi J. and Ruth Begun Foundation

    Signature Sponsors
    Dealer Tire


    Media Partner
    Northeast Ohio Parent