Student & Alumni Upstander Contest

2014 Facing History Together Student & Alumni Upstander Contest

Facing History and Ourselves teaches us to think about the world in a new way, igniting an ongoing conversation about how we can build a society free of racism, antisemitism, bullying, and hatred of all kinds. Participants in the Facing History Together Student & Alumni Upstander Contest submitted either a 500-word essay or a 3-minute spoken word video to be eligible for one of two Upstander Scholarships.

Facing History and Ourselves will select semi-finalists in each of the essay and spoken word video categories. Public voting will open on March 4. One winner in each category will receive an Upstander Scholarship: an award of $2,500 toward their college tuition in honor of international civil rights and peace advocate Benjamin B. Ferencz. The scholarship is made possible by the Planethood Foundation.

Honorary Judges

SEKOU ANDREWS, honorary judge
SEKOU ANDREWS Poetic Voice, Inspirational Speaker Two-time winner of the National Poetry Slam
Spoken word poetry honorary judge
CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE, honorary judge
CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE Novelist, Nonfiction Writer, and Editor Author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train
Essay submission honorary judge

How does one little guy [go] about trying to reform the world?… I am watching the sky.

– Benjamin B. Ferencz


How will you become a 'watcher of the sky' for future generations?

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