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, Hawai’i, in summer 2022.

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 2022 Sacrifice for Freedom®: World War II in the Pacific Student & Teacher Institute. Program and travel fees 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 2021-2022 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 July 24 to July 30, 2022. The program will begin in January 2022 with required online course work and continue after summer travel with the completion of the Silent Hero profile for

The application window has closed for the 2022 cohort.

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 documents into one PDF file. You will be prompted to upload this single PDF in the form. You can create a single PDF at

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 Friday, December 17, 2021.

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    This program is funded by:

Sacrifice for Freedom FAQs

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