Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a nonprofit, human rights organization that promotes tolerance, justice, and human rights. FSWC supports international efforts to counter antisemitism, hate, and intolerance through education and advocacy efforts.
Simon Wiesenthal was an author, a human rights advocate, and a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to pursing Nazi war criminals. He fervently believed in the importance of creating a more peaceful world wherein human rights are protected and promoted. He understood the need for tolerance and respect for all human beings regardless of age, gender, race, religion or sexual orientation. Most importantly, Simon Wiesenthal believed in the importance of education as a means toward positive change.
DESCRIPTION OF AWARD
The Wiesenthal Scholarship, established in 2010, recognizes students who exemplify the ideals which guided Simon Wiesenthal: tolerance, justice, and human rights. There are eight (8) awards available at $1,800 each. To be considered, applicants must have demonstrated initiative and strong leadership skills in these areas within their respective schools and communities. Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies will award eight entrance scholarships to students who will be commencing post-secondary education during the 2017-2018 school year. Each recipient will be expected to become an FSWC ambassador by continuing to build community awareness and by maintaining meaningful involvement with the organization.
Applicants must meet the following criteriato qualify:
A) Currently in Grade 12
B) An average of 80% or higher
C) Evidence of community involvement or leadership connected to social justice, tolerance,and/or human rights
D) Willingness to take part in a scholarship interview (either in person or via conference call) to discuss eligibility
E) Willingness to act as a Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center ambassador by way of contributing meaningful involvement with the organization