$100,000 ESSAY CONTEST

for Northeast Ohio 6-12th Graders

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

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Each year, we receive approximately two to three thousand submissions from students in 6 – 12th grade attending schools in 12 counties in Northeast Ohio. The essays are scored according to a matrix (learn about judging and scoring) by hundreds of volunteer readers to determine the twenty-five top finalists. Students and schools are annually awarded $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. The contest, now in its 12th year, has engaged over 30,000 students and provided over 1 million dollars in awards, made possible through the generosity of a donor and the support of sponsors.

Join us on April 2, 2020 to celebrate these exceptional young people and see who wins this year’s grand prize scholarship of $40,000!
Learn more about the 12th Annual Stop the Hate Award Ceremony >>>

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 bbecker@mmjh.org

This year, we launched the 2020 Youth Summit in partnership with Tri-C. Registration for this year’s summit is now full. Please add your name to our wait list in order to get updates and information on future programming.
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Ellie GutierrezEntries are accepted beginning Sept. 11, 2019.

Entries must be received electronically, by mail or hand-delivered by 11:59pm on the following dates. Late entries will not be accepted:

Grade 6-10: Wed, January 8, 2020
Grade 11-12: Friday, January 24, 2020

To enter electronically:

Electronic entry is STRONGLY preferred.
After the contest launches on Sept. 11, 2019 click the "Official Entry Form" button above to prepare your official entry form and upload your finished essay.

To enter by mail/delivery:

  • Electronic entry is preferred
  • If students have limited Internet access, entries may be hand-delivered or mailed
  • See complete contest rules above for mail-in entry form
  • Send entry and completed entry form to:

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage - Stop the Hate
2929 Richmond Road 
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

  • 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

    Nordson

    Media Partner
    Northeast Ohio Parent