Herb Goldberg Moral Courage Essay Contest

ADL Arizona is proud to announce the 2021 Herb Goldberg Moral Courage Essay Contest. This essay contest is open to all Arizona students in grades 9-12.

Moral courage means acting upon your values in the face of hardship, especially when it may come at a personal cost. Morality is an idea – our abstract sense of what is right and wrong. Moral courage is an action – doing the right thing even when we are afraid of the consequences.


Reflecting on the concept of moral courage, submit a 350-750 word essay responding to some or all of the following prompts:

Describe moral courage in your own words. What does moral courage mean to you?
Think of someone you look up to, either a figure from history or someone you know, and describe a time that person displayed moral courage.

Describe a time where you missed the opportunity to be morally courageous – what would have changed if you had acted out of moral courage?
What is one way you hope to enact change in your community, and how might moral courage help you to achieve this goal?

Winners will receive scholarship prize money generously donated by the Goldberg Family Foundation.

1st place prize: $2,500

2nd place prize: $1,500

3rd place prize: $1,000

Essays will be judged by ADL’s education committee and community volunteers. All identifying information will be removed before judging. All contestants will be emailed once the final winners are selected. If you have questions, please contact clee@adl.org.

The deadline for submitting your essay is Friday, May 7, 2021.

Submit your essay here.


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