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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.

Lecture Videos:

Related Documents:

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 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.

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.

Funding for 2014, is provided by:

  • Pam & Jack Able
  • Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
  • Harry & Donna Bakker
  • E. & J. Gallo Winery
  • Louis & Kenni Friedman
  • James & Julie Goodwin
  • Curtis & Nancy Grant
  • Robert Hampton, Jr.
  • Kiwanis of Greater Turlock
  • Mocse Credit Union
  • Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen
  • Susan & Fred Rich
  • Randy & Linda Ridenour
  • Dr. James & Peggy Shiovitz
  • Judy Sly
  • Sue Zwahlen

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


First Name

Last Name

Award Amount
Oakdale High School Dylan Hawksworth-Lutzow $2,000
Oakdale High School Adam Jensen $1,000
Whitmore Charter High School Eliana Montalvo $1,000
Turlock High School Bret Potter $500
Oakdale High School Alexander Keyser $500
Beyer High School Lauren Stanislaw $250
Turlock High School Nicolas Lopez $250
Johansen High School Mattie Krop $250
Johansen High School Hayley Hutchings $250


Windows Media

The lecture video is available in Windows Media Format for Mac/ PC.
For more information please visit the Windows Media Player website