Use your voice for good, you can win big!

Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out essay contest celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. Each year, the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage gives out $100,000 in scholarships, awards and anti-bias education in recognition of 6-12th grade upstanders.

Grade 6-10 submissions due JAN. 8, 2020, 11:59pm

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Grade 11 & 12 submissions due JAN. 20, 2020, 11:59pm

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New this year the 1st Annual Stop the Hate Summit!

All contest participants will be eligible to join us at the 1st Annual Stop the Hate Summit, a one-day student-focused conference providing resources and training on diversity and inclusion. Attendees will receive a Stop the Hate Upstander Certificate recognizing their commitment to creating a better world that can be featured on college applications!
The Stop the Hate Summit will be held on  Sunday, April 26, 2020 in partnership with Tri-C.

Contest deadlines

Grade 6-10: Wed, January 8, 2020
Grade 11-12: Mon, January 20, 2020

This year's theme

This year we honor the memory and spirit of maestro Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, whose life and legacy is explored in the Maltz Museum’s special exhibition Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music.

When speaking about why he wrote music he famously said, “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more devotedly than ever before.”

In 500 words or less, 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?

How to enter

Submit your entry using the official entry form.

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Prizes

STUDENT ESSAYIST AWARDS: Grades 11-12

  • One (1) Grand Prize: $40,000 scholarship (up to $10,000 per year renewable up to 4 years)*
  • One (1) First Runner-Up: $15,000 scholarship (up to $3,750 per year renewable up to 4 years)*
  • One (1) Second Runner-Up: $10,000 scholarship (up to $2,500 per year renewable up to 4 years)*
  • One (1) Third Runner-Up: $5,000 scholarship (up to $2,500 per year renewable up to 2 years)*
  • Six (6) Honorable Mentions: $500 cash prize

STUDENT ESSAYIST AWARDS: Grades 6-10

  • One (1) 6th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 7th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 8th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 9th Grade First Prize: $400
  • One (1) 10th Grade First Prize: $400

ALL student winners also receive:

  • A one-year Maltz Museum Family Membership
  • Free admission for a field trip to the Maltz Museum for their class

ANTI-BIAS EDUCATION AWARDS

Six (6) schools will be eligible to win up to $5,000 specifically for anti-bias education. The six (6) will be:

  • The one (1) high school of the Youth Speak Out Grand Prize Winner
  • The one (1) middle or high school with the highest percentage of Youth Speak Out student entries
  • The two (2) high schools of the first and second place Youth Sing Out performances
  • The Two (2) middle schools of the first and second place Youth Sing Out performances

All winners are announced at an awards ceremony on April 2, 2020 at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Families are encouraged to attend the event to see students honored for their achievements.

Eligibility

  • The contest is open to all Northeast Ohio grade 6-12 students in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties.
  • Students can attend a public, private, religious, home, online or charter school.
  • Students who entered previous years (with the exception of past scholarship winners) can participate again, but must submit entirely new essays.
  • Immediate family members of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage staff and Board of Trustees, The Malrite Company and the Maltz Family Foundation cannot participate.

Complete contest information

Additional information including judging criteria, essays of past winners, and inspirational resources can be found on our website.

Contact us

If you have questions about Stop The Hate contact Ben Becker, Manager of Public Programs, Stop the Hate at (216) 593 0577 or bbecker@mmjh.org

Stop The Hate Youth Speak Out is generously supported by:

Presenting sponsor:
The Semi J. and Ruth Begun Foundation
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.

Signature Sponsors:
Dealer Tire, LLC
Nordson Corporation

New this year the  Stop the Hate Summit!

Contest Deadlines

This years theme

How to enter

Prizes

Eligibility

Complete contest information

Contact us

Get contest updates and reminders

Stop The Hate Youth Speak Out is generously supported by:

Presenting sponsor:
The Semi J. and Ruth Begun Foundation
Dworken & Bernstein Co., L.P.A.

Signature Sponsors:
Dealer Tire, LLC
Nordson Corporation