The Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. College Scholarship Essay Contest seeks to bring attention to the courageous actions that DuBois took during the Holocaust. This contest offers high school students an opportunity to win a monetary award to be applied to their college expenses.
High School seniors enrolled in a U.S. accredited high school program, including home-schooled students. Only one entry per student.
Write an essay that describes how you have applied or would apply the lessons of the DuBois story to your own life, focusing on core values such as decency, honor, and respect for our common humanity. The essay should be 500-1,000 words in length.
- The entry on Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. in the Encyclopedia of America’s Response to the Holocaust
- This video interview with DuBois, in the 1970s
- This short documentary on DuBois, created by students in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, which won second place in the 2017 National History Day competition:
For a more detailed examination of DuBois’s life and work, see these books:
- The Abandonment of the Jews: America and the Holocaust, 1941-1945, by David S. Wyman
- Blowing the Whistle on Genocide: Josiah E. DuBois, Jr. and America’s Response to the Holocaust, by Rafael Medoff
- Too Little, and Almost Too Late: The War Refugee Board and America’s Response to the Holocaust, by Rafael Medoff
—How has the life and work of Josiah DuBois inspired you?
—What can teenagers do when human rights are violated, in one’s own country or abroad?
—Do you think if someone accepts a job in the government, he or she should follow their boss’s instructions, even if they disagree with them?
—How do you balance moral and ethical considerations with job issues that contradict what you believe to be the correct course of action?
—What is a person’s obligation to help a stranger?
—First place: $2,500
—Second place: $1,500
—Third place: $1,000
Each is a one-time award, for use in the 2018-2019 academic year only.
—Application deadline: June 15, 2018,11:59 PM EST.
—Winners to be announced: No later than August 15, 2018.
—Awards to be distributed no later than September 25, 2018 upon proof of enrollment and tuition payment.
—Your essay must be typed and double-spaced.
—It must include a cover sheet with the following information about the student and the sponsoring teacher:
Date of birth
School and grade level
Home phone and cell phone
Statement by the student affirming that the essay is original and unpublished.
School email address
School phone number
Email your completed essay, as a Word document, with a cover letter as described above. The subject line should read: ‘Josiah DuBois Essay Contest 2018-2019’. Email the essay prior to the deadline to both: firstname.lastname@example.org and i