The National WWII Museum On-Line Student Essay Contest |

The National WWII Museum On-Line Student Essay Contest

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MAR 31

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Scholarship title: The National WWII Museum On-Line Student Essay Contest

Applicable Majors: All Fields of Study

"I keep my ideals, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart."
—Anne Frank

The National WWII Museum asks...Is Anne Frank Right?

The National WWII Museum invites you to tell us, in your own words, if you agree with Anne Frank’s belief that "people are really good at heart". Read her diary to get a fuller understanding of her views, which were often contradictory, but always heartfelt. Use WWII and the Holocaust as a starting point and base you answer in part on examples you find in this history. This is NOT a research paper about Anne Frank or WWII. Your essay will be judged for originality, clarity of expression, adherence to contest theme, historical accuracy, grammar, spelling, and punctuation. The best essays will include specific examples from WWII and specific examples from today. You may use examples from your own experiences, as Anne so often did. Museum education staff will judge entries.


  • Contest is open to all high school students in the United States and United States Territories.
  • Your essay must be 1,000 words or less. Only one essay per student may be submitted.
  • Submissions must be submitted to The National WWII Museum by March 30th, 5:00pm CST.
  • Winners will be notified and announced on May 2nd.
  • Museum will accept the first 500 valid entries only. The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted. Further submissions will not be accepted.
  • All entries become property of The National WWII Museum and may be reproduced, in whole or part, by the Museum in printed or electronic form. Proper attribution will be made.
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