The Aaron “Max” Schuldiner Holocaust Essay Award

This scholarship was established in memory of Aaron “Max” Schuldiner. Max Schuldiner was born in Poland in 1920. In 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland, he, his parents, and siblings were among the Jews who fled eastward, across the border to Russia. From there they were shipped to western Siberia where Max worked in a labor camp. It was also while in Russia that he met another Jewish refugee, Toby Bier, who became his wife. After the War, they returned westward into Germany where Max worked as a guard in a displaced persons camp. In 1950, Max and his family came to the United States. Max Schuldiner died in 1996. This award is given in memory of the many gifts his life gave to those who loved him. The Aaron “Max” Schuldiner Holocaust Essay Award honors those who did not survive the Holocaust.

Prize: TBD, but historically around $500

Who can enter:

  • Currently enrolled full-time UA undergraduate and graduate students who have written an essay on the Holocaust for a course in the Department of English in the current or any previous academic year.


  • Submit your Holocaust essay, including your name, student ID number, UA email address, instructor’s name, class name, course number, and the date the paper was originally submitted to the class.
  • The essay must be double-spaced in 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman.
  • Save the title of your document in “LAST NAME-Award Title” format (for example, SMITH-Schuldiner Award).
  • Upload your document in PDF form.
  • Access to the submission form will re-open in the Spring 2023 semester.