Physicians for Social Responsibility Sacramento Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility Sacramento Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility Sacramento Chapter Physicians for Social Responsibility Sacramento Chapter

Physicians for Social Responsibility
Sacramento Chapter


Welcome to the PSR/Sacramento Website

PSR/Sacramento is a non-profit, educational organization of health care professionals and other concerned citizens committed to the following goals:

 

Help choose the prompt for the 2017 PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest!

Every year since 2005, PSR/Sacramento has sponsored a scholarship essay contest for high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we've been able to give out over $135,000 in scholarship awards over the past 12 years. Help us choose the prompt for the 2017 contest by clicking on this link and ranking the five candidate quotations selected by the PSR/Sacramento steering committee from suggestions submitted by our members. The essays of the 2016 scholarship essay contest winners are posted below. Go to the Scholarship Essay Contest page to learn more about the contest and read the essays of previous winners. You can make a tax deductible contribution to the scholarship fund via the Join/Donate page. (100% of contributions go directly to the students.) Contact us if you'd like to be an essay reader for the 2017 contest.

 

Congratulations to the Winners of the

2016 High School Scholarship Essay Contest

 

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. Click on the students' names below to read their essays.

 

The prompt for this year's 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." More than 130 students submitted essays this year. The 10 finalists were chosen by a rigorous screening process involving more that 30 essay readers blinded to any student identifying information. The 10 finalists presented their essays orally at the finals dinner on Sunday, May 1, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Sacramento and answered questions about their essays from a distinguished panel of judges from the community who then chose the first, second, and third place winners. A total of $15,000 in scholarships was awarded.

 

The winners of the 2016 PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Contest are:

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

 

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, PSR/Sacramento has given out over $135,000 in scholarships over the past 12 years. Click on this link to make a tax deductible donation to the PSR/Sacramento scholarship fund. The annual high school scholarship essay contest is run entirely with volunteer labor, and 100% of contributions to the scholarship fund go directly to the students.