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, the Sacramento County Board of Education 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. This year's Operation Recognition Scholarship essay theme is "How Our Veterans Exemplify Courage and Sacrifice."
Contestants must be high school juniors or seniors who are currently attending public high schools in Sacramento County. The completed 500 word essay, with a cover letter, must be received by the Sacramento County Office of Education by April 25, 2014.
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 20, 2014 to read his or her essay, join in honoring the diploma recipients, and receive the scholarship award from a SAFE Credit Union representative.
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, contact Tim Herrera, SCOE Communications Director: (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.