Essay on honoring veterans could win student a $500 scholarship

01/15/2013 12:00 AM

01/15/2013 8:29 AM

The Sacramento County Office of Education is accepting entries for its Operation Recognition Essay Scholarship.

The theme is "How Ordinary Citizens Can Honor Veterans."

The winning high school student will receive a $500 college scholarship, courtesy of SAFE Credit Union. The essay will be read at the Operation Recognition diploma ceremony on May 21.

Qualifying veterans who received an honorable discharge from the U.S. military and who left school to serve in World War II, the Korean War or the Vietnam War can receive their diplomas through the program, district officials said.

Diplomas also are presented to Japanese American citizens who were forced to leave high school due to World War II internment.

Essay contestants must be high school juniors or seniors 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.

Essays may be sent to: Operation Recognition Scholarship Contest, Sacramento County Office of Education, P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, 95826-9003.

For more information, contact Tim Herrera at (916) 228-2713 or therrera@scoe.net.

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