2015 American Heritage Scholarship Program
Above is the top award winner (2014): Sophia Sidhu, Gregori High School ($2,000)
This is the 14th year of the American Heritage Scholarship Program, which includes a public lecture and an essay competition for Stanislaus County juniors and seniors.
View 2015 Lecture Below:
Overview of Past Winners & Prompts
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.
This year's essay prompt is:
In 1215, the Magna Carta affirmed a right to trial by jury. 800
years later and a continent away, many civil and criminal disputes are
still resolved by juries. Is trial by jury an idea past its prime?
The presentation is slated for September 22, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at the Downey High School Auditorium, located at 1000 Coffee Rd, Modesto. Please park in the back lot.
Video of the September 22nd lecture featuring guest speakers, Kirk McAllister and Ruben Villalobos will be available via live stream and arcived for viewing at a future date. To view this presentation on September 22nd or a later date, please click on the link above.
Rules and applications for the essay contest have been sent to high schools in the county and are also available online. All juniors and seniors including home-schooled students are encouraged to enter.
More information is available from the Stanislaus County Office of Education, 238-1706, a lead sponsor of the event. Modesto City Schools and The
Modesto Bee also are sponsors, with scholarship funding provided by local businesses, organizations and individuals.
The American Heritage Awards Ceremony is scheduled for November 17, at 7:00 pm at the Stanislaus County Office of Education Board Room at 1100 H Street in Modesto. We hope you will be able to join us for the culminating celebration of this exciting project.
286 students from 13 high schools entered the American Heritage Essay competition last year. Nineteen student essays were selected to receive scholarships by a panel of judges that consisted of educators, community members, and Superior Court Judges.
The lecture video is available in Windows Media Format for Mac/ PC.