American Heritage Scholarship Program
2013 American Heritage Essay Honorees
Above are the top award winners pictured left to right: Adam Jensen - Oakdale High ($1,000), Dylan Hawksworth-Lutzow - Oakdale High ($2,000), and Eliana Montalvo - Whitmore Charter High ($1,000)
This is the 13th year of the American Heritage Scholarship
Program, which includes a public lecture and an essay competition for Stanislaus County juniors and seniors.
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 on the right to seize and search an individual student’s electronic devices to protect an orderly, academic environment. The presentation is slated for September 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at the Stanislaus County Office of Education Board Room (2nd floor) located at 1100 H Street, Modesto. Please park in the back lot located off G Street between 11th and 12th Streets.
Video of the September 23rd lecture featuring guest speaker, Ruben A. Villalobos from Villalobos² Legal Group and a Modesto City School Board Trustee, will be available sometime the week of September 29 by clicking 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 20, 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.
Over 100 students from 9 high schools entered the American Heritage Essay competition last year. Nine student essays were selected to receive scholarships by a panel of judges.
All 2013 American Heritage Scholarship Winners
2013 Scholarship Recipients
The lecture video is available in Windows Media Format for Mac/ PC.