South Carolina Council on the Holocaust

“The work that the SC Council on the Holocaust does is so important for our students in South Carolina. Having a chance to discuss and reflect on the past gives students the tools to be better citizens for our future.”

--Molly Spearman, State Superintendent of Education

The South Carolina Council on the Holocaust Scholarship 2018

The South Carolina Council on the Holocaust is pleased to offer a scholarship for graduating seniors that honors the memory of those who perished during the Holocaust.

The scholarship is open to high school seniors who will attend a two- or four-year college or university, with matriculation to begin in the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarship is open to students in the state of South Carolina.

Students must submit a 750- to 1,500-word essay with a Works Cited page in MLA format addressing the following topic:

Several years ago the South Carolina Superintendent of Education proposed cutting the funding for the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust. Write a convincing argument about the importance and relevance of Holocaust education to South Carolina today.

Student essays are due postmarked by March 29, 2019 or emailed by midnight. The essays will be reviewed by committee, with announcement of the award being made at the student’s high school awards night by June 30, 2019.

This scholarship is a one-time presentation of $1000, to be used to support the student’s first year of college or university education.

For more information and the application [click here].

Please note - save the form to your computer. The form can be filled out using Adobe Acrobat DC free reader or printed. Use this link to get the free Acrobat program.


Scholarship Winner

Eileen Chepenik made the scholarship presentation at Charleston’s Yom HaShoah observance.

The winner, Hayes Hoover, attends Connections Academy, which is a virtual school. Hayes will go to Clemson next year and he is only 15 years old (graduating two years ahead of schedule). He is pictured here with his parents and Holocaust survivor Joe Engel. He had never met a survivor before! It was so meaningful for him. Click Here to read his winning essay.

To read the winning essay CLICK HERE.