Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2019 Application Process

Educators interested in applying for an Engel Award should contact Sarah Powley, Co-Chair of the GLHRC (spowley at

Applications will be due February 1, 2019.

The Gedalyah Engel Education Award has been established by the GLHRC to support endeavors by local educators to educate and inspire their students to recognize discrimination, to stand up for minority groups and other vulnerable populations, and to speak out against manifestations of present-day hatred and prejudice.

The GLHRC will award annually a total of $2000 to educators who are actively teaching in schools in Indiana ASP District 4 (Benton, Warren, Fountain, Montgomery, Tippecanoe, White, Carroll, Cass, and Clinton counties) who submit successful proposals in one of the following categories:

  1. Teacher Learning (e.g., an online or on campus course in Jewish Studies or Holocaust education, a travel opportunity to learn about the Holocaust) Educators applying in this category must indicate how their learning will benefit students.
  2. Classroom Projects (e.g., a student-produced collection of oral histories)
  3. School-wide Projects (e.g., a school visit by an outside speaker or an interdisciplinary endeavor)
  4. Student Travel (e.g., a field trip to a Holocaust museum as part of a unit on the Holocaust or a culminating activity to a unit of study)
  5. Education Outreach (e.g., a service learning project)

Successful proposals will address issues related to genocide, discrimination, bullying, human rights, the Holocaust itself or "lessons to be learned from the Holocaust" with clearly outlined activities and specific student outcomes.

Education Award Application Details (PDF file)

Gedalyah Engel Education Award 2018 Recipients

The Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee is proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Gedalyah Engel Education Award:

Abi Bymaster (McCutcheon High School):
Clinical Trials and Bioethics: A Study of the Lilac Girls Students in her Anatomy and Physiology class will read and discuss The Lilac Girls, a WWII novel depicting the lives of Polish women at Ravensbruck, who were subjected to experimental medical procedures. The students will use the text as the beginning of a larger study of bioethics in the field of medical practices and pharmaceutical research.

Stella Schafer (McCutcheon High School):
Funds will be used to travel with Auschwitz survivor Eva Kor, the founder of CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Haute, Indiana, to Kor’s homeland to learn about the Holocaust in Romania and Hungary and to apply what she learns to classroom studies of the Holocaust. Schafer’s students will learn, though studying Kor’s experience, about the power of forgiveness and the imperative to be a positive, uplifting force in the world.

Fawn Cox (Covington Middle School):
Funds will be used to purchase books and DVDs about the Holocaust and to fund a field trip to CANDLES Holocaust Museum in Terre Hauet, Indiana. Students will meet and talk with Eva Kor, who is a survivor of Auschwitz and Dr. Mengele’s experiments on twins, and then relate what they have learned from their visit to CANDLES to the books and stories they read in the classroom.