This year is the 19th 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.
2020 American Heritage Scholarship Program Lecture
2020 Scholarship Donors
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
Application Packets online & sent to all high schools (electronically)
Public, Charter, Private, & Homeschool
ESSAYS DUE to the Stanislaus County Office of Education, (Security Desk, 1st Floor)
1100 H Street, Modesto, CA 95354 by 4:30 P.M.
(Must be postmarked by Oct. 12th)
Awards Ceremony (Virtual Ceremony via Zoom)
*Subject to change
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.