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More schools added to Holocaust essay scolarship program

The Tampa Bay Consular Corps (TBCC) has expanded its annual Holocaust Essay Contest and Scholarship Program this year to include nine area colleges and five high schools.

The awards for each school are $1,000 to the essay contest winner and $500 to the runner-up.

The contest was launched last year after Vincent Genovese, the Consular Correspondent of Italy, attended the Fifth Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism in Jerusalem and sought a way to increase awareness of anti-Semitism and help combat it.

The first contest included five colleges and one high school, and the winner at each institution received a $1,000 scholarship.

At the time, Genovese said he hoped the contest would expand to many more schools over the years, as new scholarship sponsors were found. To that end the Tampa Bay Holocaust Scholarship Foundation was formed and Genovese recently announced it is now a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, which means that contributions to it are tax-deductible.

Genovese said students will be asked to write about ways to combat anti-Semitism.

The colleges participating this year are: University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, USF – St. Petersburg, USF – Sarasota- Manatee, University of Tampa, Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Saint Leo University, New College of Florida in Sarasota, Ringling College of Arts and Design in Sarasota, and State College of Florida – Manatee- Sarasota.

Participating high schools are: Jesuit High in Tampa, St. Petersburg High, Sarasota Military Academy, North Port High and Pine View School in Osprey.

Scholarship contributors include: Shumaker Loop & Kendrick law firm, Gold & Diamond Source, June B. Gelbart Foundation, Israeli Consulate Miami, Tampa Jewish Community Centers & Federation, Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, the Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, Merrill Lynch’s Randy Freedman and Ed Matura, Publix, and Bob and Marcy Hurwitz.

The Jewish Heritage Club of Valencia Lakes West supported the program last year with administration and contributions, and will do so again this year.

To encourage student participation, faculty members of participating schools and colleges have been sent the essay theme and guidelines with the recommendation to use it as a school assignment.

The winners of the essay contest will be honored at the Consular Corps’ annual Holocaust Remembrance Event at the Italian Club in Ybor City on Jan. 22. The winners will be introduced and a selected student will read part of his/her essay aloud.

To learn more about the Holocaust scholarship program, visit Tax deductible contributions may be sent to: Tampa Bay Holocaust Scholarship Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 76274, 1731 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, Fl. 33675.

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