This year is the 18th 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.
Top Essay Finalists to be honored November 12th
2019 SpeakersSeptember 11th, 7 pm at Beyer High Little Theater
Pre-recorded Link, courtesy of MCS-Downey High AV, for 9/11 event night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CR38WjPtm8o&feature=youtu.be
2019 Essay Prompt
Recently uncovered documents revealing government-sponsored discrimination from the past have created inequalities still evident in our community today. Locally, racially restrictive real estate covenants (referred to as CC&Rs) have resulted in neighborhoods with marked disparities in access to resources, amenities, and basic necessities. Because owning a home is the primary mechanism for accumulating wealth, these restrictive covenants have had a negative, generational impact on families of color.
Does our community have an obligation to respond? What response, if any, would be appropriate and Constitutional?
2019 Scholarship Donors
American Heritage Committee Members
Live Filming and Video Editing
Downey High School AV Students, led by Rene Guevara
Week of August 12th
Application Packets sent to all high schools, both electronically and physically) Public, Charter, Private, & Homeschool
Presentation 7 P.M.
Beyer High School, Little Theater (1717 Sylvan Ave, Modesto, CA 95355)
Live Stream Version of Presentation available for viewing at:
www.stancoe.org/go/americanheritage (On this page)
ESSAYS DUE to the Superintendent’s Office at the Stanislaus County Office of Education (Can be postmarked by 5pm on October 11th)
Awards Ceremony (Top winners will be invited to attend)
SCOE Boardroom (1100 H Street, Modesto – 2nd floor)
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.