The Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship Awards are given annually to students who have proven themselves exceptional leaders in their communities. This leadership is exhibited in their desire and drive to combat intolerance, prejudice and injustice.

The submissions for these scholarships should reflect the 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 to bring awareness to issues 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.

Applicant Eligibility

In order to apply for this scholarship, you:

  • Must be a high school senior in the United States.
  • Must be attending a four year college in the fall of 2017.
  • Must exhibit extraordinary leadership in your school and/or community and a meaningful effort to address issues of social justice. This interest and involvement should be exhibited by spearheading organizations, programs or events that address issues of intolerance, prejudice and injustice in your community.

Submission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit a 1,000-word personal essay highlighting your work for social justice.
  • Applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation from people familiar with with your work.
  • Applicants and parents must complete the Terms and Conditions Page and upload the signed page as a PDF or JPG. 

Essay Guidelines & Formatting Requirements

  • The 1,000-word personal essay is the main component of your application and should focus on your extraordinary leadership activities in your school or community and what inspired your actions.
  • You should highlight how you work for social justice and combat intolerance and prejudice in your community and why your work is important to you.
  • Please discuss how Anne Frank’s story contributed to the inspiration or continued efforts of your organization. We strongly recommend that applicants read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and include any themes from the diary that relate to your experience.
  • Your essay should be typed, double-spaced, in 12-point font, with 1-inch margins and saved as a PDF.
  • DO NOT submit recycled college essays. An essay that is not directed toward this specific scholarship will not be considered.

Additional Materials
*OPTIONAL* These should be items that support your essay by further demonstrating your involvement and leadership. These can be photos, books, or movie clips that document your work. DO NOT send transcripts, lists of volunteer hours, or recycled essays.