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American Heritage Scholarship Program

Program Introduction

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.

Congratulations to the 2020 American Heritage Scholarship Program recipients who were recognized at a virtual award ceremony on November 17, 2020.

Amount First Name Last Name High School
$2,000 Hugo Castro-Ponce Gregori
$1,500 Kalisa Kang Gregory
$1,000 Riley Berger Whitmore Charter
$500 Benjamin Pratt Gregori
$500 Alyssa Turn Gregori
$500 Victor Gaspar-Flores Gregori
$500 Eldin Moradkhan Big Valley Christian
$100 Roya Amirsheybani Whitmore Charter
$100 Sarah Browning Downey
$100 Ben Fichtenkort Beyer
$100 Julia Hoxie Whitmore Charter
$100 McKenna Hughes Big Valley Christian
$100 Virginia Moore Central Valley
$100 Carmen Ramirez Central Valley
$100 Qalidra Sengsoury Central Valley
$100 Wyatt Thames Big Valley Christian
$100 Isaac White Big Valley Christian


2020 American Heritage Awards Ceremony


2020 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

American Heritage Lecture Video

Week of August 17th

Application Packets online & sent to all high schools (electronically)

  Public, Charter, Private, & Homeschool

September 9th

Virtual presentation 


October 12th

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)

November 17th

Awards Ceremony (Virtual Ceremony via Zoom)

  *Subject to change

Program Goals 

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.