The 26th Annual Kaplun Essay Contest:
2016 - 2017

Write an essay on:

My Favorite Jewish Hero or Heroine, Biblical, Historical or Contemporary and His or Her Influence on Jewish History, Jewish Values and Me
Level 1 - Grades 7, 8 and 9

The Influence of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish Values on the Founding of Democratic Nations and Their Adherence to Democratic Ideals
Level 2 - Grades 10, 11 and 12


Level 1
$1,800.00 = for 1st prize
$750.00 = to each of the 5 finalists

Level 2
$1,800.00 = for 1st prize
$750.00 = to each of the 5 finalists

Entrance prizes of $18.00 will be awarded to the first 50 essays received in each level.

How to enter

1. Essays must be typed, double-spaced and a minimum of 250 words. Level 1 essays may not exceed 1,000 words. Level 2 essays may not exceed 1,500 words.

2. The contestant's name, address with city, state and zip code, telephone number, email address, school name, grade, and date of birth must appear in the top right-hand corner of the first page. The contestant's name must appear on all subsequent pages.

3. To receive a list of the contest finalists, please enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope along with your essay or check the Announcement tab at the end of May.

4. Entries must be postmarked by March 3, 2017 and mailed to:

The Morris J. and Betty Kaplun Foundation, Inc.
Essay Contest Committee
P.O. Box 234428
Great Neck, New York 11023

5. No certified or registered letters will be accepted.

6. International entries (non-US, non-Canadian entries only) must be received by March 3, 2017 and may be emailed to:

7. Finalists will be notified by May 26, 2017.

8. Prizes will be awarded by June 30, 2017.

9. All entries will become the property of the Foundation and may be reproduced by the Foundation.

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