Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific

Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute, sponsored by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners, provides an exceptional opportunity for 16 student/teacher teams to study World War II in the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, in summer 2023.

Past teacher participants noted that the Institute was a significant professional development experience that changed the way they view World War II in the Pacific. Student participants reported that the research and Hawaiʻi-based learning activities challenged their thinking and expanded their perspective of history.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. Program and travel fees (including flights, hotels, meals, and admission) are paid by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners.

A team consists of one student and one teacher. A prospective team submits a joint application. Teams must meet these requirements:

    •Student applicants must be enrolled in tenth or eleventh grade in the 2022-2023 academic year.
    •Teacher applicants of any subject from grades 6-12 may apply. School librarians are eligible for this program.
    •Teacher applicants must be employed or serving as public, private, parochial, charter, independent, or home school educators.
    •All accepted participants will be required to submit full proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Teams selected will work over the course of six months to research the context of World War II in the Pacific and specifically, the life of a Silent Hero® who died in World War II and is buried in or memorialized at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi.

Teams need to be available for travel from June 20 to 26, 2023. The program will begin in January 2023 with required online course work and continue after summer travel with the completion of the Silent Hero profile for NHDSilentHeroes.org.

The deadline to apply is Monday, November 28, 2022 at midnight HT. Teachers may submit one application. If a teacher wants to consider multiple students, the choice of student applicant must be made at the school level.

Guidelines for application:
Please complete the following and scan into one PDF file (you will be prompted to upload this single PDF in the Teacher/Student Application Form. You can create a single PDF at smallPDF.com):

    •Teacher resume (two pages maximum);
    •Teacher statement of interest in World War II in the Pacific, including a statement of impact on the teacher’s professional development (one page, double spaced);
    •Teacher philosophy (one page, double spaced);
    •Student statement of interest in World War II in the Pacific, including a statement of impact on the student’s academic goals (one page, double spaced); and
    •Letter of recommendation from the teacher's supervisor for the team (teacher and student).

Once you assemble your application materials, please complete the following:

    •Complete the Teacher/Student Application Form (linked below). Note that the team needs to complete this together (both applicants will sign the electronic form).
    •Complete the Parent/Guardian Permission Form (linked below). Permission forms are required to consider the application.

Teacher/Student Application Form

Parent/Guardian Permission Form

All completed applications submitted before the deadline will be considered, and all applicants will receive notification of the decision no later than Monday, December 19, 2022.

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email programs@nhd.org.

This program is funded by:


Sacrifice for Freedom FAQs

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