Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific

The window to apply to this program is currently closed. All applicants will be notified of the decision (either way) on or before Friday, December 20, 2019.

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, Hawai’i, in summer 2020.

Teacher participants in the 2019 pilot program 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 Hawai’i-based learning activities challenged their thinking and expanded their perspective of history.

Applications are now being accepted for Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute 2020. Program and travel fees are paid by the Pearl Harbor Historic Site partners.

A team is comprised of one student and one teacher and prospective teams submit a joint application. Teams must meet these requirements

    •Student applicants must be enrolled in tenth or eleventh grade in the 2019-2020 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.

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, Hawai’i.

Teams need to be available for travel from June 24 - July 1, 2020. The program will begin in January 2020 with required online course work and continue after summer travel with the completion of the Silent Hero profile for

Interested teachers and students must submit the application form by midnight ET on Monday, December 2, 2019.
Applications must include the following components:

    •Teacher statement of interest in World War II in the Pacific, including a description of anticipated program impact for the teacher’s professional development - one page, double spaced;
    •Teacher philosophy - one page, double spaced;
    •Teacher resume (two pages maximum);
    •Student statement of interest in World War II in the Pacific and anticipated impact on the student’s academic goals – one page, double spaced;
    •Letter of Recommendation from the teacher's supervisor;
    Parent / guardian permission form.Students must download this document for parent/guardian signature. Signed form must be included in the application packet.

    **Note: please scan all three documents into one PDF file. You will be prompted to upload this single PDF in the form.

Guidelines for application:

    •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.

    All completed applications submitted before the deadline will be considered, and all applicants will receive notification of the decision no later than December 19, 2019.

    Sacrifice for Freedom in the Pacific Application Tutorial

    This program is funded by:

Sacrifice for Freedom FAQs

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