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Leo & Antonia Gershanov Memorial Student Essay Contest


January 23, 2019

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  • Scholarship Description
  • Illinois students in grades 7-12 are invited to address the theme "From Observer to Upstander: When Conscience Motivates Action." This is a unique opportunity to focus on those who listen to their moral compass and act to help those who are being persecuted.

    Entries may take the form of 2-dimensional artwork, poetry, fictional short story, or musical composition. Submissions should draw from the history of the Holocaust and modern genocide.

    -Define what constitutes justice
    -Clearly state whether they believe justice after genocide is attainable
    -Support their position with examples from past and ongoing judicial proceedings

    -Only Illinois students in grades 9-12 may enter
    -Only one entry per student is permitted
    -Entries must represent the independent and original effort of the student writer
    -Originality, content and writing quality will be evaluated. Entries not strictly adhering to listed requirements will be disqualified
    -Essays must not exceed 2,000 words
    -Essays must be non-fiction prose in the form of a persuasive essay
    -Essays must include a works-cited page, at least one element of which may not be an online resource

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
  • Contact
  • Scholarship Committee
  • 9603 Woods Drive
  • Skokie, IL 60077
  • contest@ilhmec.org
  • 847-967-4842

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