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2017 Essay Contest for $500 College Scholarship

Operation Recognition Essay Contest Sponsored by SAFE Credit Union

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is now accepting submissions for an essay contest designed to honor local military veterans. The winning high school student will receive a $500 college scholarship, courtesy of SAFE Credit Union.

Each year, the Sacramento County Board of Education honors the contributions of local veterans who left high school to serve in the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War through its Operation Recognition program. Qualifying veterans who received an honorable discharge are able to receive their high school diplomas. Diplomas are also presented to qualifying Japanese American citizens who were forced to leave high school due to WW II internment.

500-Word Essay Contest

The 2017 essay contest theme is “Why You Cannot Be a Passive Patriot.”

Contestants must be high school juniors or seniors who are currently attending public high schools in Sacramento County. The completed essay, along with a cover letter, must be received by April 21, 2017.

Essays will be judged on how well the student understood, developed, and presented the theme.

The winning entrant must attend the Sacramento County Board of Education meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 16, 2017 and read his or her essay, join in honoring the diploma recipients, and receive the scholarship.

​For more information about the essay contest, e-mail Tim Herrera​, SCOE Communications Director.​

Send Submissions to:

Operation Recognition Scholarship Contest
c/o Sacramento County Office of Education
P.O. Box 269003​
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003


Operation Recognition Scholarship Program


Sponsored by SAFE Credit Union