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)
|Cuahtemoc Bush||Central Valley|
|Samantha Cunningham||Whitmore Charter|
|Hayden Grimm||Big Valley|
|Delia Rangel||Central Valley|
|Michelle Soto||Central Valley|
|Cristian Villegas||Central Valley|
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
Essay Contest Rules available online & emailed to all Public, Charter, Private high schools and Homeschool
Lecture Presentation - Available for viewing at: www.stancoe.org/go/americanheritage
ESSAYS DUE to the Stanislaus County Office of Education, Superintendent's Office
Virtual Awards Ceremony - 6:30 PM (Winners will receive an invitation)
Waterford Lions Club
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.