Awards & Scholarships

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine recognizes exemplary individuals through an annual program of awards and scholarships.

Gerda Haas, founding mother of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, has inspired many with her passion for human rights education. A Holocaust survivor originally from Germany, Gerda worked for many years as the librarian at Bates College. In the late 1970s, Governor Longley appointed Gerda to the State School Board of Education. While serving on the board, she learned that students weren’t being taught about the Holocaust in Maine schools. Gerda not only identified a critical educational void, she took action to rectify it. The Holocaust and Human Rights Center welcomes the opportunity to recognize and honor an individual who, like Gerda Haas, has demonstrated excellence and initiative in human rights education and leadership. The center welcomes nominations from the public, center staff and board members. The recipient will be recognized on Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 at the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine’s annual meeting. Is there someone you would like to nominate for the Gerda Haas Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education and Leadership?

Application deadline: CLOSED

Download the nomination form: Haas Award 2019 Nomination Form

The Spiegel Scholarship ($1000) is awarded annually to the graduating high school senior who authors the prize-winning original essay on the question: Why is it important that the remembrance, history, and lessons of the Holocaust be passed to a new generation?

Application deadline: May 1, 2020

Download the application form: Spiegel Scholarship Application 2020.

For Students K–4 | 5 – 8 | 9 – 12. The Schlossberger Award recognizes students at three grade levels who have produced an exceptional piece of original writing, fiction or non-fiction, or an unusually expressive work of visual or performance art relating to human rights.

Application deadline: May 1, 2020

Download the application form: Schlossberger Award Application 2020.