July 28, 2014 – Santa Barbara, CA. On the occasion of her 85th birthday, Judy Meisel, a long-time Santa Barbara resident, educator, human rights activist, and Holocaust survivor, is being honored with the creation of a scholarship in her name at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. All community members are invited to participate in this special tribute.
Since surviving the Stutthof Concentration Camp and arriving in the United States, Meisel has dedicated her life to education and is a noted civil rights advocate. She dined with Dr. Martin Luther King in Philadelphia before he was a nationally known civil rights leader and later marched with him in D.C. Until recently, she toured the country speaking to students and community groups about her life experience and the importance of respect and tolerance.
In 1999, a documentary of her life, Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit, was produced. In 2000, she was honored with the Anti-Defamation League’s Dore Schary Award.
Meisel is soon moving to Minneapolis to be near her son. To celebrate her incredible contributions to the Santa Barbara community and her legacy of compassion and justice, a scholarship fund has been established at the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara. Students receiving this financial grant will have a demonstrated interest in human rights.
Trudi Carey and Anne Smith Towbes are leading the effort to fund the scholarship. Community members interested in supporting the Judy Meisel Scholarship Fund can send a check to:
The Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara
P.O. Box 3620
Santa Barbara, CA 93130
Please write “Judy Meisel Fund” on the memo line of the check. Secure donations may also be made at www.sbscholarship.org.
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Contact: Trudi Carey
(805) 964-7000 x107