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American Heritage Scholarship Program


Program Introduction

This year is 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 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.

2021 American Heritage Lecture Video

Essay Contest Registration

Step 1:  Please click on Registration link:  REGISTER HERE  to enter the competition
Step 2:  Complete Cover Sheet (under Related Links Tab) Student & Parent/Guardian MUST sign Consent Section of Cover Sheet
Step 3:  The Essay Cover Sheet MUST be paper clipped to the top of the essay.  (Please DO NOT staple)
Step 4:  Entries may be delivered by U.S. mail or hand-delivered to:
              Stanislaus County Office of Education 
              Superintendent's Office, 2nd Floor 
              1100 H Street
              Modesto, CA  95354

Entries must be delivered no later than 5:00 PM on October 4, 2021.  U.S. mailed entries to the County Office must be postmarked by October 4, 2021. 

If you have questions, please call Lisa Avila at (209) 238-1706. 

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

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

Petersen Event Center, 720 12th Street, Modesto
(Subject to change)

Thank you to our Sponsors!










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.