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Sacramento County Office of Education Announces Scholarship Program

2012 scholarship winner Megan Phelps, Vista del Lago High School, with Herb Long from 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.

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 2013 Operation Recognition Scholarship essay theme is “How Ordinary Citizens Can Honor Veterans.”

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 26, 2013. [Download essay contest rules here.]

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 21, 2013 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 therrera@scoe.net.

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