American Heritage Scholarship Program


Program Introduction

This year is the 18th year of the American Heritage Scholarship Program, a partnership between The Modesto Bee, Stanislaus County Office of Education, and Modesto City Schools. The program includes a public lecture and an essay competition for Stanislaus County High School juniors and seniors. Students from public, private, and charter schools are encouraged to apply.


2019 Speakers

David & Sharon Froba

Garth Stapley, Opinions Editor of The Modesto Bee

William Broderick-Villa, Attorney-at-law of Broderick Legal Group


2019 Essay Prompt

Recently uncovered documents revealing government-sponsored discrimination from the past have created inequalities still evident in our community today. Locally, racially restrictive real estate covenants (referred to as CC&Rs) have resulted in neighborhoods with marked disparities in access to resources, amenities, and basic necessities. Because owning a home is the primary mechanism for accumulating wealth, these restrictive covenants have had a negative, generational impact on families of color. 

Does our community have an obligation to respond? What response, if any, would be appropriate and Constitutional?



Week of August 12th

  Application Packets electronically sent to all high schools

September 11th

  Presentation 7 P.M.

  Beyer High School, Little Theater (1717 Sylvan Ave, Modesto, CA 95355)

Week of September 16th

  Live Stream Version of Presentation available for viewing at: (On this page)

October 11th

  ESSAYS DUE to the Superintendent’s Office at the Stanislaus County Office of Education  (Can be postmarked by 5pm on October 11th)

November 12th

  Awards Ceremony (Top winners will be invited to attend)

  SCOE Boardroom (1100 H Street, Modesto – 2nd floor)


Contact Us

1100 H Street
Modesto, CA 95354
Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm

Mission Statement

Mission Statement 

The American Heritage Scholarship Program seeks to increase our understanding of what it means to be an American. Unlike other nations, the essence of American nationality has little to do with our country of origin or the specifics of our religious faith. While the American spirit embraces such diversity, what unites us as a people is a shared set of principles and ideals which proclaim our freedoms and set forth our responsibilities.

Vision Statement 

This program is intended to encourage teens, and the public, to think about what makes the United States unique in the world, with a focus on the Constitution. Previous lectures have looked at the Patriot Act, the First Amendment, the separation of church and state, and the role of political parties.

Key Contacts

Jason Maggard

Cheif of Staff, SCOE Administrative Services

Valerie Escobar

Executive Assistant/Office Manager, SCOE Administrative Services