The Spirit of Anne Frank Scholarship Awards are given annually to students who have proven themselves exceptional leaders in their communities, schools, or among peers.

This leadership is demonstrated in their desire and drive to carry on Anne Frank’s legacy by combating intolerance and striving to create a better world. Interest and involvement should be exhibited by spearheading organizations, programs, or events that address community issues and strive to create positive change. Past winners of these awards have written books, created documentaries, helped to create legislation, and lead non-profit organizations.

Applicant Eligibility
In order to apply for this scholarship, you:

  • Must be enrolled in a high school in the United States.

  • Must be completing high school in spring 2018.

  • Must be attending an accredited undergraduate college/university in the fall of 2018.

  • Must be willing and able to attend the Anne Frank Center Gala on June 12, 2018 in New York City. (Transportation and hotel will be provided)

Essay Prompt

  • How has Anne Frank’s legacy inspired you to take action in your community? What actions have you taken and how will those efforts be sustained?

Essay Guidelines & Formatting Requirements

  • The 1,000-word personal essay is the main component of your application and should focus on how Anne’s legacy inspired actions in your community, school, or among peers.

  • You should highlight how you work to combat intolerance, spread positive messaging, and why your work is important to you.

  • Please discuss how Anne Frank’s legacy contributed to that inspiration and sustained efforts. 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.

Submission Requirements

  • Applicants must submit the 1000 word personal essay.

  • Applicants must submit 2 letters of recommendation from people familiar with with your work.

  • Applicants and parents/guardians must complete the Terms & Conditions page and upload the signed page as a PDF or JPG.

Additional Optional Materials

You may submit items that support your essay by further demonstrating your involvement and leadership. These can be photos, or videos that document your work, published articles. DO NOT send transcripts, lists of volunteer hours, or recycled essays.