$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 or

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

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 entering its 13th year, has engaged over 30,000 students and provided over $1 million in awards, made possible through the generosity of a donor and the support of sponsors.

Nupur Goel

Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out celebrates students committed to creating a more accepting, inclusive society. By reflecting on real-life situations and detailing ways to make a positive difference in the world, this next generation of leaders can win big.

Stop the Hate® is designed to create an appreciation and understanding among people of differing religions, races, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds. By challenging young people to consider the benefits of a more inclusive society, the consequences of intolerance and the role of personal responsibility in effecting change, the contest also reflects Jewish values of responsible citizenship and respect for all humanity.

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 in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Trumbull and Wayne counties.

  • 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

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