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Physicians for Social Responsibility
Sacramento Chapter


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

 

The 2017 PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest is Now Open!

The 2017 PSR/Sacramento Scholarship Essay Contest is now open to high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties (Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, San Joaquin, Solano, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba). A total of $15,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to 12 students. The prompt for this year's contest, chosen by a vote of our members, is 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.

To enter the contest, high school seniors must submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about FDR's words. The deadline for essay submission is midnight on Saturday, March 11, 2017. Full contest details and a link to the online contest entry form are posted on the Scholarship Essay Contest page of this website. Click on these links for a downloadable essay contest flyer and for complete contest instructions in PDF format.

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.

Contact us if you'd like to be an essay reader and help choose the finalists for the 2017 contest. Save the date of Sunday, April 30, for the essay contest finals dinner at which the ten finalists will present their essays orally and a distinguished panel of judges from the community will choose the first, second, and third place winners.

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.

 

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