And Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

The 27th Annual Kaplun Essay Contest:
2017 - 2018

Write an essay on:

Of All the Good Deeds You Hope to Perform in the Future, Which One Will You Be Most Proud Of, Why, and How Will It Inspire You?
Level 1 - Grades 7, 8 and 9

Remembering the Holocaust: What Can You Do So We Never Forget and What Steps Can We Take So It Never Happens Again?
Level 2 - Grades 10, 11 and 12


Level 1
$1,800.00 = for 1st prize
$750.00 = to each of the 5 finalists

Level 2
$1,800.00 = for 1st prize
$750.00 = to each of the 5 finalists

Entrance prizes of $18.00 will be awarded to the first 50 essays received in each level.

How to enter

1. Essays must be typed, double-spaced and a minimum of 250 words. Level 1 essays may not exceed 1,000 words. Level 2 essays may not exceed 1,500 words.

2. The contestant's name, address with city, state and zip code, telephone number, email address, school name, grade, and date of birth must appear in the top right-hand corner of the first page. The contestant's name must appear on all subsequent pages.

3. To receive a list of the contest finalists, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your essay or check the Announcement tab at the end of May.

4. Entries must be postmarked by March 2, 2018 and mailed to:

The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation, Inc.
c/o Seligson, Rothman & Rothman
29 West 30th Street, 10th Floor
New York, New York 10001

5. International entries (non-US, non-Canadian entries only) must be received by March 2, 2018 and may be emailed to:

6. Finalists will be notified by May 25, 2018.

7. Prizes will be awarded by June 30, 2018.

8. All entries will become the property of the Foundation and may be reproduced by the Foundation.

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There are hundreds of thousands of dollars of scholarship money given each year to students to cover the cost of their education. Scholarships are generally focused on a community, talent, or skill. Here are 5 scholarships for Jewish students.

Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award

Amount: $36,000

Deadline: January 6th

Students with exemplary records of leadership in community service are encouraged to apply for the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Award. Up to 15 students age 13-19 are selected each year based on nomination either by a member of the community, or themselves. Recipients of the award may use their award money towards education, or further philanthropic efforts.

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JCS Scholarship for Jewish Students from Single-Parent Homes

Amount: Varies

Deadline April 1st

Jewish students from the Baltimore, Maryland area who were raised by single parents should consider applying for this scholarship awarded each year by Jewish Community Services. The award is focused on helping students achieve their educational dreams.

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Morris J and Betty Kaplun Foundation Essay Contest

Amount: $1,800

Deadline: March 4th

Each year the Morris J and Betty Kaplun Foundation offers an essay contests to Jewish students in junior high and high school. Students write an essay on one of two topics which are determined by the entrants grade in school. A total of 12 winners are chosen each year with one first prize award of $1,800 and five $750 awards given in each of the essay levels.

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Sara and Max Goldsammler Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: August 10th

Jewish seniors in high school, and current college students are invited to write an essay about their passions, and how they make the world around them a better place through their passion. Three applicants are chosen and to receive a scholarship of $1,000 toward their next year of education.

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Jewish Community Foundation Scholarships

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April 15th

Jewish students who are residents of the Greater Hartford Connecticut area are eligible for a $3,000 scholarship. Applicants must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher learning, be a U.S. citizen, and demonstrate some form of financial need.

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