- Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies
Funds received for this fund provide general support to the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies to include the purchase of books, videos, etc. to preserve the historical record of the Holocaust and to provide a rich material resource for students, faculty and the public.
- Norma and Lester Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies Endowment
In 2001, Jan and Rick Cohen established an endowment out of respect for Norma and Lester Cohen. The mission of the endowment is to support the full-time employment of a coordinator for educational outreach and materials to facilitate that outreach with primary emphasis for New Hampshire and Vermont schools.
- Susan Herman Award for Leadership in Holocaust & Genocide Awareness
The Susan J. Herman Award for Leadership in Holocaust and Genocide Awareness provides recognition and financial assistance to individuals who have, through personal leadership and actions, stimulated greater understanding of genocide, increased activism on behalf of the victims of crimes against humanity or inspired community engagement in educating people about genocide both historically and in our contemporary world. The Award is presented in two categories each year. One honors a student at Keene State College, accompanied by a monetary award to assist the student with her/his studies. The second award is presented to an individual or group who has made a difference in Holocaust and genocide awareness through acts of leadership and personal commitment. Preference for the second award will be given to qualified nominees from New Hampshire, but inspirational candidates from around the world will be considered. This second award does not carry any monetary value. Recipients of these awards shall be selected each year by a committee named by the director of the Cohen Center. Nominations will be promoted and requested via the Cohen Center website and through other means such as faculty referrals. The award to the Keene State College student will be available for rising sophomores through seniors. Annual nominations will be promoted or encouraged. A student may receive this award no more than twice.
- Charles A. Hildebrandt Holocaust Studies Award Endowment
This award was created in 1998 to celebrate the 30-year career of Charles A. Hildebrandt, professor of sociology, in recognition of his dedication to the creation of the Keene State College Holocaust Resource Center. During his tenure, Dr. Hildebrandt focused on humanistic sociology of religion and minorities. His strong interest in the Holocaust led to the founding of one of Keene State's finest assets - The Holocaust Resource Center. The award provides recognition and financial assistance to individual students or student groups who create an exceptional work related to the Holocaust.
- Holocaust Memorial Lecture Series Endowment
The purpose of this endowment shall be to provide permanent financial support to Keene State College for the annual Holocaust Memorial Lecture Series.
- Holocaust Summer Institute
Keene State College and the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies were proud to be in partnership with the New Hampshire Humanities Council and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in presenting the Summer Institute on the Holocaust. The participants of the Summer Institute have a deeper knowledge of the Holocaust and with new ideas for teaching the subject. This fund is to give the opportunity to students to be personally engaged by having them examine both the horrific scale and the individual dimensions of the Holocaust by participating in graduate-level lectures on the history of the Holocaust and group discussions about applying the lessons to the classroom.
- Kristallnacht Event Fund
The Kristallnacht Fund will assist with expenses for the annual Kristallnacht Remembrance ("Night of Broken Glass) and to further the mission of the Center "to remember... and to teach." This event is sponsored by Keene State's Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies located in the Wallace B. Mason Library.
- The Lewy Family Fund
The Lewy Family Fund at Keene State College supports the continuation of teaching regarding the Holocaust and other occurrences of genocide. This fund provides support for presentations at the annual Kristallnacht Remembrance celebrations organized and presented each year by the Cohen Center at KSC in the Keene community and to continue the educational initiatives of the Cohen Center.
- F. Burton Nelson Holocaust Studies Memorial Award
This award recognizes annually a student who has demonstrated a commitment to Holocaust Studies. Through a generous gift Paul and Nancy Vincent, the award honors the late F. Burton Nelson, Professor of Theology at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. In 1965, while completing his dissertation on "The Ecumenical Movement and the Problem of World Peace," Nelson enrolled in a doctoral seminar and was asked to select a contemporary ethicist for a research paper. As chance had it, he selected Dietrich Bonhoeffer; Bonhoeffer, a German theologian murdered by the Nazis, became Nelson's theological companion for the remainder of his life.
Recipients of this award shall be nominated by the members of the Holocaust Studies Council and selected by a committee of at least three Holocaust Studies faculty. Consideration for this award shall be given to an outstanding sophomore or junior at Keene State College, full or part time, with a major or minor in Holocaust studies. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required and the student must be able to attend the annual Spring Honors Convocation to accept the award.
- Suzan Schafer Meiszner Endowed Fund for The Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies
The purpose of this endowment is to provide funding for any programs or uses within the Cohen Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies at Keene State College that support outreach programming, including the summer institute. As a lifelong educator, Dr. Suzan Schafer Meiszner was a great believer in delivering learning opportunities through a variety of channels. The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is an excellent example of this type of educational program. The Center has an important message of tolerance to deliver and does so with traditional classroom teaching, summer institute programs, and lectures. She found this program to be especially meaningful personally since it helped her reconnect with her heritage. Suzan also believed that worthwhile programs should have secure funding and that endowment funds are the best route to ensure the long term funding of this valuable educational program.
- James H. White '84 / Sibylle Sarah Niemoeller-von Sell Fellowship for Clergy
In 2005, a fellowship was created by the Tom and Jenny white to provide financial assistance for at least one clergyperson to attend the biennial Scholars' Conference on the Holocaust and the Churches. The fellowship honors the late James H. White and Sibylle Sara Niemoeller von Sell.
James was deeply committed to his Roman Catholic faith tradition and his family. He had an uncompromised sense of justice and as a teacher wanted people to honestly confront prejudice and injustice. Sibylle, writer, lecturer and widow of anti-Hitler pastor Martin Niemoeller. Her family was staunchly and uncompromisingly anti-Nazi even before Hitler came to power. After the war, Sibylle immigrated to the US where she and Niemoeller were reacquainted and eventually married. After his death, she converted to Judaism and took the name Sarah, a meaningful gesture, because it is the name used by the Nazis as a derogatory reference to Jewish women. James and Sibylle share a common, unwavering dedication to confronting evil and seeking truth. They symbolize the search for reconciliation, dignity and justice through their faith traditions.
Alphabetical Listing of restricted funds
Restricted funds by category