Seton Hall University

Annual Middle and High School Essay Competition

Every year, the Sister Rose Thering Fund offers a statewide writing competition for high school students in New Jersey who have viewed and discussed the award-winning documentary Sister Rose's Passion. Information about and copies of the film are distributed to public, private and religious schools in cooperation with the New Jersey Commission for Holocaust Education.

This year, the competition is also open to students in the 7th and 8th grade.

A committee of readers evaluates the hundreds of essays submitted to determine winners, first and second place for each grade 7-12. The winners, their teachers and families are invited to a reception on the Seton Hall campus and receive certificates, gifts and monetary awards.

Thirteenth Annual Essay Competition 

Submissions for the Thirteenth Annual Essay Competition are now being accepted with an entry deadline of Wednesday, February 1, 2023.

The 2023 Essay Competition Announcement Letter and Guidelines can be found here »

As a reminder, essays can only be submitted by classroom teachers. Individual student submissions will not be considered for judging. Each submission needs to include the essay, a completed Student Essay Competition Application and a Student Release Form.