To instill in people - especially youth - the values of leadership, courage and integrity, as exemplified by the life of Jan Karski.
In the midst of World War II, Jan Karski was dispatched by the Polish Underground to inform Western Allies about the reign of terror in German Nazi-occupied Poland and to seek intervention. Karski’s courageous mission, against all odds in the darkest of hours, qualifies him as Humanity's Hero.
The Foundation grew out of the successful Jan Karski US Centennial Campaign, which placed Dr. Karski's name in nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom in December 2011. President Obama awarded the posthumous Medal on May 29, 2012 at a White House ceremony.
The Jan Karski Educational Foundation presents the Spirit of Jan Karski Award to individuals who through their actions have demonstrated the values represented by Jan Karski and have distinguished themselves by defending human rights, speaking out against aggression and on behalf of the integrity of ethnic and religious groups and sovereign nations.
Wanda Urbanska, former president of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation, addressed an engaged audience at Beth Meyer Synagogue in Raleigh, NC, to talk about Jan Karski and his courageous mission.
The Jan Karski Educational Foundation recently joined the Amazon Smile program, which allows shoppers to benefit the Foundation at no cost to themselves.
This year's recipients of the JKEF scholarship to participate in the Georgetown Leadership Seminar reflect on this life-changing experience.