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American Heritage Scholarship Program

Program Introduction

This year was the 20th anniversary of the American Heritage Scholarship Program, a partnership between The Modesto Bee, Stanislaus County Office of Education, and Modesto City Schools. The program included a public lecture and an essay competition for Stanislaus County High School juniors and seniors. Students from public, private, and charter schools were encouraged to apply.

Congratulations to the 2021 American Heritage Scholarship Program...Emma Lowe from Oakdale High School!


Congratulations to the Top 19 American Heritage Scholarship Winners!

(In alphabetical order)

Simon Bacon Turlock
Rachel Barnes Gregori
Victoria Blanc Oakdale
Savannah Borba Oakdale
Cuahtemoc Bush Central Valley
Gannon Camp Oakdale
Samantha Cunningham Whitmore Charter
Kassandra Delgado Modesto
Irasema Garcia Gregori
Hayden Grimm Big Valley
Fatima Kasmani Gregori
Emma Lowe Oakdale
Diego Moya Ceres
Skylar Nguyen Gregori
Delia Rangel Central Valley
Camryn Smithers Gregori
Michelle Soto Central Valley
Cristian Villegas Central Valley
Emily Whang Gregori


Scholarship Donors

100% of funding for all scholarships comes from the generosity of businesses & community members. If you and or a family member or colleague might be interested in becoming a generous donor: Contact Kathy Hobby at the Stanislaus County Office of Education, khobby [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org, (209) 238-1701

American Heritage Committee Members

  • William Broderick-Villa: Attorney-at-Law at Broderick Legal Group
  • Lisa Avila, Cheryl Goulart, Kathy Hobby, Jason Maggard & Christine Sisco at the Stanislaus County Office of Education
  • Garth Stapley: Opinions Editor at The Modesto Bee
  • Janeen Zambo: 9th -12th Social Science Coordinator at Modesto City Schools

Live Filming and Video Editing

Downey High School AV Students, led by Rene Guevara


August 13

Essay Contest Rules available online & emailed to all Public, Charter, Private high schools and Homeschool  

September 14

Lecture Presentation - Available for viewing at:      

October 4

ESSAYS DUE to the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Superintendent's Office

November 15

Virtual Awards Ceremony - 6:30 PM   (Winners will receive an invitation)


Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!


Waterford Lions Club










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.