2018 David A. Garfinkel Essay Scholarship invitation graphic

Throughout history, and particularly during World War II, cultural objects have been looted from museums and private families. In the name of justice, a global effort is underway to restore art objects to their rightful owners. We ask you to explore the role of the courts, and especially the role our New York State courts play, in reuniting families and institutions with possessions wrongly taken from them.

The David A. Garimkel Essay Scholarship, sponsored by the Historical Society of the New York Courts, invites CUNY community college students to submit research papers for the 2018 competition. The theme for this year’s contest, which changes every year, is Stolen Art: From the Holocaust to the Present.

The contest provides a unique opportunity for students to engage in scholarly research and receive recognition for their efforts. Cash prizes will be awarded during a ceremony, as well as the opportunity for winners to visit a courthouse and meet with judges and lawyers.


There are only a small number of requirements for the Garfinkel Essay Scholarship in addition to the eligibility requirements for students. These rules are:

  • Essays must be an original work of scholarship
  • Essays must be between 1,500 and 5,500 words
  • Essays must be doubled spaced
  • Essays must be submitted in .doc/.docx or .pdf formats
  • Essays must NOT contain any identifying information, including name, email, school and professor.

See more competition rules at http://bit.ly/2oHvAoF