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Washington, D.C., 11 January 2018 — The time has come for all submissions for the JRS/USA “Lessons from Anne Frank” Essay Competition to be submitted. Applicants must enter their essays here by 5:00 P.M. ET on Monday, January 15, 2018.

We proudly announced the essay competition in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Jesuit Schools Network, and America Media in September 2017 after receiving the Anne Frank Award, given by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

As a refugee herself, and memorably in her remarkable diary, Anne Frank gave an example of courage, compassion, and hope that can serve as a beacon for refugees and displaced persons in our world today. This competition is an opportunity to raise awareness and conversation around the lives of refugees and how Jesuit educated students can take action.

The top essay chosen will be published in America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture.The flagship magazine of America Media, America is the leading Catholic journal of opinion in the United States.   

Competition Guidelines

Essay Question: What can Anne Frank’s life and legacy teach us about how to address the current global refugee crisis – more than 65 million people displaced today globally, the highest levels World War II? How can you, as a young person, take action to address these challenges?

Word Limit: 1,500 words

Eligibility: Students enrolled in any member of the Jesuit Schools Network (Grades 9-12).

Submission Details: Essays will be accepted until 5:00 P.M. ET on January 15, 2018 and must be submitted through form by clicking here. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee including staff from Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, the Jesuit Schools Network, and America Media. 

·       1st Place - $1,000 monetary prize & essay will be published in America
·       2nd Place - $500 monetary prize
·       3rd Place - $250 monetary prize

Winners will be announced in April 2018.

Information regarding the Lessons from Anne Essay Competition can also be found on Questions? Please email Giulia McPherson at

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