Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation High School Essay Competition

Scholarship Description

Amnesty International USA, with the generous support of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, invites high school student activists to examine the turmoil associated with the popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East by answering the following essay question:

What is the significance of the popular uprisings for the Middle East North Africa region and for the international human rights community? What is the role of young people and social media in mounting this challenge to so many established governments? And how should an organization like Amnesty International respond to this largely unforeseen development?
Two winners will be selected and awarded cash prizes of $1,500 and a trip to Denver, CO to attend AIUSA’s Annual General Meeting from March 30 - April 1, 2012. Additional awards include two second place awards of $500 and two third place awards of $250! This is a unique and exciting opportunity for high school activists to explore their thoughts and feelings about the promotion or defense of human rights.
Entrants must be a current high school student and a member of a registered AIUSA high school student group for 2011-2012 or a dues-paying member of AIUSA
Extended Deadline: January 21, 2012
Click here for more information including the submission form and rules.
Please contact Joshua Rubenstein, the Northeast Regional Director at with any questions.

Year of Need: High school senior,


Num Awards: 6

Min Award: 250

Max Award: Varies

Deadline: 2018-01-21


Sponsoring Organization Amnesty International USA
5 Penn Plaza, 16th Floor AIUSA National Youth Program
New York, NY 10001

Contact Person: Joshua Rubenstein

Phone: 212.633.4171