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Make Your Reservations Now To Attend the Finals Dinner of the 2017 High School Scholarship Essay Contest on Sunday, April 30

The prompt for this year's contest was the following quotation by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt:

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.

We received over 160 entries this year, and we've just completed the process of selecting the 10 finalists.

Make your reservations now via the Join/Donate/Scholarship Dinner Reservation page of this website to attend the High School Scholarship Essay Contest Finals Dinner on Sunday, April 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2001 Point West Way, in Sacramento. The 10 finalists will present their essays orally at the dinner and answer questions from a distinguished panel of judges from the community who will then choose the first, second, and third place winners. The first place winner will win a $3,000 scholarship, second place a $2,500 scholarship, and third place a $2,000 scholarship. The other seven finalists will all win $1,000 each.

The essay contest finals dinner is always one of the most inspiring and enjoyable PSR events of the year. Doors open for social hour at 5:00 PM, dinner begins at 6:00, and the presentations of the 10 finalists will begin at 7:00. Salmon, chicken, and vegetarian entrees are available. The cost of the dinner is $40 per person ($20 for students).

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, with this year's awards, we will have given out over $150,000 in scholarship money since 2005. You can make a tax deductible contribution to the scholarship fund via the Join/Donate page of this website. One hundred percent of contributions to the scholarship fund goes directly to the students.

The essays of the 2016 scholarship essay contest winners are posted below. Go to the Scholarship Essay Contest page to read the essays of the winners of previous contests.

 

2016 Essay Contest Finalists

Students are, from left to right, Jordan Hunter (1st place winner), Nimish Saxena (2nd place winner), Nishita Jain, Minh Anh Nguyen Le (3rd place winner), Shreya Kumar, Jonah Cartwright, Elizabeth Helmke, Megan Pelz, Charlotte Selton, and Laura Blevins.

The prompt for the 2016 contest was a quotation from the Dalai Lama, who said, "Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free." Click on the students' names below to read their essays.

 

 

First Place ($3,000 Scholarship)

Jordan Hunter

Jesuit High School, Carmichael

 

Second Place ($2,500 Scholarship)

Nimish Saxena

Mira Loma High School, Sacramento

 

Third Place ($2,000 Scholarship)

Minh Anh Nguyen Le

West Campus High School, Sacramento

 

Other Finalists ($1,000 Scholarship each)

Laura Blevins

Bella Vista High School, Fair Oaks

 

Jonah Cartwright

Rio Americano High School, Sacramento

 

Elizabeth Helmke

Rio Americano High School, Sacramento

 

Nishita Jain

Mira Loma High School, Sacramento

 

Shreya Kumar

Cosumnes Oaks High School, Elk Grove

 

Megan Pelz

Vista del Lago High School, Folsom

 

Charlotte Selton

Mira Loma High School, Sacramento