About the Awards


 
 

About the Awards

Our Spirit of Anne Frank Awards are given out each year to students, teachers and citizens who have proven themselves exceptional leaders in combating intolerance, prejudice and injustice in their communities. We offer these awards to those who carry on Anne Frank’s message and legacy of hope, courage, peace, justice and equality.

The submissions for these awards should reflect each applicant’s dedication to achieving lasting change. Past winners of these awards have helped to change legislation, have started or run non-profit organizations, and have written books or created documentaries.

High School Seniors in the United States who are attending a four year college in the fall of 2016 can apply for our Scholarship Awards. One winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship to be evenly divided throughout the four years of their college education. A second winner will receive a one-time $5,000 scholarship. Additional runners-up will receive a one-time stipend towards their college education.

Educators and Citizens must be nominated for our Outstanding Educator Award or our Outstanding Citizen Award.

All winners will attend The Anne Frank Center USA’s Gala, which will be held in June 2016 in New York City.

Applications will be accepted from November 2, 2015 to February 19, 2016. Applications must be submitted online. We are no longer accepting applications by mail.

 
 

Qualifications for Applicants

Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship

Students applying for this scholarship must exhibit extraordinary leadership in their schools and communities and a meaningful effort to address issues of social justice. This interest and involvement should be exhibited by a student spearheading organizations, programs or events that address issues of intolerance, prejudice and injustice in their communities.

  • The Scholarships are available to high school seniors in the United States who will be attending a four year college in fall of 2016.
  • Students must submit a 1,000-word personal essay and two letters of recommendation.
  • The application must be completed online.

Outstanding Educator Award

This award is to recognize the outstanding leadership and dedication in educators around the country who pay special attention to the importance of teaching about the dangers of intolerance and prejudice and who consistently inspire their students and fellow educators into action.

  • This award is by nomination only.
  • Nominators must submit a 1,000-word letter of nomination and a second letter of recommendation.
  • Applications are only accepted online.

Outstanding Citizen Award

This award recognizes exemplary citizens around the country who are community leaders, bridge builders and role models and have exhibited a dedication to speaking up against prejudice and inequality in their communities. These citizens are leaders who consistently bring awareness to an issue and take steps to enact lasting change.

  • This award is by nomination only.
  • Nominators must submit a 1,000-word letter of nomination and a second letter of recommendation.
  • Applications are only accepted online.

We strongly recommend that applicants and nominators read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
 
 

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“We have many reasons to hope for great happiness, but…we have to earn it. And that’s something you can’t do by taking the easy way out. Earning happiness means doing good and working…”

—Anne Frank, July 6, 1944