The Kohlmeier Mikulencak in Honor of Arthur Poznanski Scholarship 2021-2022

“Awarded through the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes Against Humanity, the Kohlmeier Mikulencak Scholarship has an important mission:  to reward a student who possesses not only strong moral courage, but someone who stands up for an individual or group in the face of great opposition. The ideal recipient is someone who is not afraid to face the consequences of speaking out despite intense pressure to stay silent.”

— Western Washington University Foundation

Learn more about the story behind this scholarship in Frances Badgett’s article for Window Magazine

Poster advertising Arthur Poznanski Holocaust survivor scholarship with matrix of concrete cubes in forground.

Congratulations Tyler Durbin, Luci Roman, and Mwangi Payton!

During spring quarter 2021, the scholarship committee announced this year’s recipient of the  Kohlmeier Mikulencak Scholarship in Honor of Holocaust survivor Arthur Poznanski. Endowed in 2021, this annual award recognizes an undergraduate student, who stands up for an individual or a group in the face of great opposition and who is not afraid to face the consequences of speaking out despite intense pressure to stay silent.  Students are asked to submit an essay answering the following question: “When have you stood up for an individual or a group of people in a meaningful way and made a difference for that individual or group?” The recipient of this year’s award is Tyler Durbin (2022). We applaud Tyler for his local and regional work on combatting antisemitism and addressing the intersectionality of the struggle against antisemitism, racism, and other forms of discrimination and oppression.

The committee also made special recognition of Luci Roman (2022) and Mwangi Payton (2023), who promote courageous, sustained advocacy on behalf of others. Learn more about our student recipients and their work.