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. Join us in the Facing History Together Student & Alumni Upstander Contest for a chance to win one of two $2,500 scholarships. Interested?

  • Submit a 500-word essay or 3-minute spoken word video
  • Two winners will be selected, one in each category
  • Submission Deadline: January 30, 2015

Two winners 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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Must be currently enrolled junior or senior in a Facing History Innovative Schools Network school, junior or senior student of educators who have won Margot Stern Strom Innovation grant, or currently enrolled in an institution of higher education and graduate of Innovative Schools Network School or Margot Stern Strom Innovation grant recipients.


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