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Deadline Extended: $500 Operation Recognition College Scholarship

SAFE Credit Union Sponsors Award for Essay Contest Winner

Sacramento County Office of Education Operation Recognition Essay Scholarship Program

​The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is extending the submission deadline 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. The deadline has been extended to May 2, 2016.​

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.

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 May 2, 2016.

The 2016 Operation Recognition Scholarship essay theme is "Why We All Should Appreciate America's Veterans."​

Essays will be judged on how well the student understood, developed and presented the theme. The winning entrant must attend the Operation Recognition diploma ceremony at 6:30 p.m. on May 17, 2016 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, contact Tim Herrera, SCOE Communications Director, at (916) 228-2713 or

Sponsored by SAFE Credit Union