National Catholic Center for Holocaust Education (NCCHE) benefactor Ethel LeFrak created The Ethel LeFrak Outstanding Student Scholar of the Holocaust Award to recognize a Seton Hill University student who writes a reflection paper that best demonstrates an advanced understanding of the lessons of the Holocaust.
For the past five years the NCCHE Director(s) and faculty teaching in Seton Hill University’s Genocide and Holocaust Studies program have selected a winning paper.
The winner is presented with a $1,000 award during a Center-sponsored event and publication of an excerpt in the Setonian, Seton Hill’s student newspaper.
Additional recognition includes having the paper integrated in the proceedings of the Ethel LeFrak Holocaust Education Conference, which are published on a triennial basis.
The last three award winning essays have been published in the NCCHE’s most recent publication, Holocaust Education: Challenges for the Future edited by Carol Rittner, R.S.M.
The 2011 recipient of the award Josie L. Rush’s paper is titled “Picturing a Better Future: Dehumanization in Advertising and the role of Media Literacy in Holocaust Education.”
Rush was a senior at Seton Hill majoring in English literature and minoring in Genocide and Holocaust Studies at the time. She wrote her paper for Dr. James Paharik’s course titled “Special Topics: Critical Issues of the Holocaust. Today she is a graduate student at Duquesne University.
The 2012 recipient of the award was Katherine Prange. Prange is a graduate student in the Genocide and Holocaust Studies program at Seton Hill. She teaches English at Central High School in Breese, IL, and is a graduate of St. Louis University. Prange wrote her award winning paper titled, “Understanding the Holocaust Through Personal Accounts” in Dr. Michael Phayer’s “Children of the Holocaust” course in spring, 2012.
The 2013 recipient of the award was Jennifer L. Sproull is a student working towards her graduate certificate in Seton Hill University’s Genocide and Holocaust Studies Program. She wrote her award-winning paper, “Eva Fogelman-Rescuer of the Hidden Truth” for Dr. James Paharik’s course titled “Special Topics: Future of Holocaust Education.”
Students may submit papers for consideration during the next award cycle to Dr. James Paharik, Genocide and Holocaust Studies advisor, via email by May 15, 2014.