We received 170 entries this year from high school seniors in Sacramento and surrounding counties describing their thoughts on the words of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who said, "The world is over-armed, and peace is under-funded." The finalists in this year's contest, chosen based on their outstanding essays, are:
Sierra Berry - George Washington Carver High School, Sacramento
Sara Chang - Western Sierra Collegiate Academy, Rocklin
Samuel Cowdery - Seven Pillars Academy, Shingle Springs
Amy Dao - C.K. McClatchy Senior High School, Sacramento
Summer Ghaith - Pleasant Grove High School, Elk Grove
Sonali Gupta - Mira Loma High School, Sacramento
Karina Kauffman - Oak Ridge High School, El Dorado Hills
Elijah Ortega - John F. Kennedy High School, Sacramento
Rebeca Rico-Chavez - Keema High School, Sacramento
Lydia Tahraoui - Rocklin High School, Rocklin
Goody Walowit - South Tahoe High School, South Lake Tahoe
The Scholarship Essay Contest Dinner, at which the 10 finalists will present their essays orally and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be chosen, will be held on Sunday, April 26, at the Dante Club, 2330 Fair Oaks Blvd, in Sacramento. Doors open at 5:00 PM, dinner begins at 6, and the students' presentations begin about 7. Reservations for the essay contest dinner are now closed.
This is the 11th consecutive year that PSR/Sacramento has offered the high school scholarship essay contest. The essays of past scholarship essay contest winners can be read on the Essay Contest Page of this website. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we've been able to give out over $100,000 in scholarship awards over the past decade. Please go to the Donation Page if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the essay contest fund. One hundred percent of contributions to the essay contest fund go directly to the students.