Press Release
January 11, 2010

Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation Announces 16th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Essay Contest

Contest Encourages & Promotes the Study & Historical Significance of the Holocaust

Los Angeles, Calif. – January 11, 2010 – The Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the call for essays in its 16th annual Holocaust Remembrance Project Essay Contest. The national writing contest recognizes the moral imperative of teaching young people about this watershed event.

For 2010, high school students who are interested in entering should study the Holocaust and then, in an essay of no more than 1,200 words: (a) analyze why it is vital that the remembrance, history and lessons of the Holocaust be passed on to a new generation; and (b) suggest what young people can do to combat and prevent prejudice, discrimination and violence in our world today.

Students interested in participating can visit the Holland & Knight Holocaust Remembrance Project Web site for official contest rules and to view past winning essays. All essays must be submitted by U.S. Postal Service (or other delivery company) to: Holocaust Remembrance Project, Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation, 100 North Tampa Street, Suite 4100, Tampa, FL 33602. All entries must be received no later then 6:00 p.m. EST April 2, 2010.

First-place winning students, teachers and Holocaust survivors participate in an all-expense paid trip to a leading Holocaust Museum. In previous years, the program held its scholars week in Washington, D.C., to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; last year, the scholar's week took place in Chicago, and this year, the top 10 scholars and chosen educators will travel to Los Angeles.

The Holocaust Remembrance Project is an educational program that serves as a living memorial to the millions of victims of the Holocaust. In addition to the prizes awarded to the 10 first-place winners, 10 second-place winners and 10 third-place winners also receive scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $250.00.

Since the project's inception in 1995, the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation has awarded more than $1,000,000 in scholarships and prizes. Tens of thousands of high school students have participated as researchers and writers. Selected teachers are asked to join the scholarship week, and are provided with teaching materials and specialized symposia.
As part of the Holocaust Remembrance Project, the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation provides a comprehensive teacher resource guide available online and free of charge. The resource guide contains more than 50 masterful lesson plans designed to inform and encourage critical thinking skills.

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