Award for Tolerance


A highly acclaimed national contest and scholarship program for middle and high school students to promote tolerance.

ABOUT: In partnership with “Scholastic Art & Writing Awards,” we ask students to create original works of art or writing that reflect upon the lessons learned from the Holocaust and other genocides with the intent to raise awareness of the importance of increasing tolerance to safeguard a peaceful society.

THE AWARD: Gedenk anonymously chooses six young artists and writers that are selected to win national medals and prizes of $1,000 each. Our national award-winning teens from across the country are awarded with a “dream trip” to New York City in June for a national celebration series of events in their honor, including an award ceremony at Carnegie Hall and a special filmed interview with Gedenk.


Appalled by studies showing that over 50% of high school students in America don’t know what the Holocaust is, the “Gedenk Award for Tolerance” promotes tolerance utilizing cultural outlets such as music, art and writing in order to connect to the young generation and show that our past is relevant to our future. Gedenk’s founders are second and third generation Holocaust survivors that established Gedenk realizing that there is an urgent need for a different approach to promote tolerance.


  • Promoting tolerance and ethnic understanding to prevent bullying in schools and accept our cultural differences
  • Providing equal opportunities to all students in all communities
  • Fighting ignorance by educating about the history of the Jewish Holocaust and other genocides
  • Encouraging artistic self-expression via the arts
  • Celebrating diversity, unique identity and ethnic heritage


The Gedenk Award for Tolerance runs for the programmatic cycle of the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, beginning in August 2015 and at the Awards’ National Ceremony in June 2016.

SUCCESSFUL RESULTS: In the past three years we received an unprecedented amount of about 12,000 submissions which showed us that many young people today are passionate about promoting tolerance, diversity and ethnic understanding.