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.
Every year, SCOE honors the many 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 the Operation Recognition program. Qualifying veterans, who received an honorable discharge, may contact SCOE to receive their high school diplomas. Diplomas are also presented to Japanese American citizens who were forced to leave high school due to WW II internment.
The 2011 Operation Recognition Scholarship essay theme is "Sacrifices Made in the Name of Freedom."
Contestants must be high school juniors or seniors who are currently attending public high schools in Sacramento County. The completed essay, with a cover letter, must be received by the Sacramento County Office of Education by April 11, 2011.
Essays will be judged on how well the student understood, developed, and presented the theme. The winning entrant must be able to attend the Operation Recognition diploma ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on May 17, 2011, to read his or her essay, join in honoring the diploma recipients, and receive the scholarship award from a SAFE Credit Union representative.
Contestants must send submissions to:
Operation Recognition Scholarship Contest
c/o Sacramento County Office of Education
P.O. Box 269003
Sacramento, CA 95826-9003
For more information, email or phone Tim Herrera, SCOE Communications Director, at (916) 228-2713.
Established in 1940, SAFE Credit Union maintains assets in excess of $1.6 billion and serves more than 150,000 members through 21 branches in the greater Sacramento region.