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Brenda and Fred Friedman Teacher Scholarships

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of Brenda and Fred Friedman in support of our teacher scholarship program, allowing the BHEC to offer unique training in the field of Holocaust education.

  1. Scholarships are open to English and Social Studies teachers, grades 6-12, for the study of the Holocaust at nationally recognized Holocaust training centers.
  2. Scholarships are for BHEC Recommended Holocaust Education Workshops. Other workshops will be considered but must be approved by the BHEC.
  3. Awards cover 100% of registration fees plus travel, lodging, and per diem as determined by the BHEC.  The number of scholarships awarded will be based on available funds.
  4. The BHEC will pre-pay registration fees.  All other expenses will be reimbursed upon the presentation of proper receipt documentation.  Recipients are expected to submit all financial receipts with the accompanying Expense Documentation Form within two (2) weeks of return in order to receive scholarship monies.

Please see all Scholarship Requirements below.


2016 Scholarship Recipients

2016 Teacher Scholarship Recipients

Back:  Steve Benton (Thompson Middle School/Birmingham); Jennifer Rossuck (Randolph School/Huntsville); Lucy Thrasher (Trinity Presbyterian School/Montgomery); Lisa Lawrence (Trinity Presbyterian School/Montgomery); Rachel Hartselle (St. Francis Xavier Catholic School/Birmingham); Kendall Tankersley (Sardis High School/Boaz); Megan Bolton (Lupton Junior HIgh/Nauvoo); Amy McDonald (Shades Valley High School/Birmingham), Jane Haithcock (Liberty Middle School/Huntsville)


Front Kneeling:  Kate Gholston (Opelika Middle School/Opelika); Gail Yeilding (Chelsea High School/Chelsea); Dominique Linchet (Alabama School of Fine Arts/Birmingham); Mike Gadilhe (John Carroll Catholic High School/Birmingham)


2017 Teacher Scholarship Flyer
BHEC Recommended Holocaust Education Workshops
Expense Documentation Form

Timetable for Scholarship Review

Monday, November 28, 2016  

Scholarship Applications will be accepted for Birmingham area teachers ONLY.

Monday, December 19, 2016   Scholarship Applications will be accepted for teachers throughout the remainder of the state.
Friday, January 20, 2017
  ALL Scholarship Applications due.
Monday, February 6, 2017
  Scholarship recipients notified.
Monday, February 20, 2017
  BHEC must be notified of recipient's acceptance.


Scholarship Application

To apply for a scholarship ONLINE, click here:
  Online Scholarship Application
To PRINT an application & apply by mail, click here:
  PDF copy of Scholarship Application



  1. Applicants must currently be teaching the Holocaust in the classroom.
  2. Applicants must be four (4) or more years from retirement.
  3. Scholarship recipients are expected to include Holocaust studies in their classroom curriculum for a minimum of three (3) years.
  4. Scholarship recipients are expected to attend a reception sponsored by the BHEC in their honor.  This will be scheduled during the summer following all workshops.  This reception will provide an opportunity for recipients to meet the BHEC Board of Directors and donors as well as to network with other teachers committed to Holocaust education.
  5. Upon completion of workshop studies, Scholarship recipients are encouraged to participate in the BHEC Teacher Cadre in addition to other BHEC programs.
  6. As a follow-up, Scholarship recipients will complete an evaluation assessing the impact of training on classroom instruction.



The Birmingham Holocaust Education Center (BHEC) is designated a "Center of Excellence" by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR).  Each year, the BHEC is able to nominate two educators from the state to attend the JFR's Summer Institute for Teachers.  Teachers who attend JFR programs are known as Alfred Lerner Fellows and form a cadre of educators for the BHEC as well as for the JFR. This is considered an advanced training program thus the requirements are more extensive. 

  1. Applicants must have a minimum of five (5) years teaching experience.
  2. Applicants must have completed at least one (1) Holocaust-related professional development program and show proficiency in the history of the Holocaust.
  3. Scholarship recipients must agree to serve as a resource for the JFR and the BHEC.







Page last updated: February 16, 2017