PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest

The 2024 PSR Sacramento High School Scholarship Essay Contest is Now Open for Entries from All California High School Students

The Sacramento Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility is pleased to announce that its 2024 High School Scholarship Essay Contest is now open for submissions from all California high school students. PSR/Sacramento is hosting its annual essay contest jointly this year with Americans Against Gun Violence, a national organization that grew out of the gun violence prevention work that we were doing locally. PSR/Sacramento endorses the mission statement of Americans Against Gun Violence, which is posted  on the Gun Violence Prevention page of our website. To enter our 2024 High School Essay Contest, students must submit an original essay of 500 words or fewer describing their thoughts about the following excerpt from the Americans Against Gun Violence mission statement:

“In creating constitutional obstacles, where none previously existed, to the adoption of stringent gun control laws in the United States comparable to the laws in other high income democratic countries, the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision and its progeny are literally death sentences for tens of thousands of Americans annually.”

Full contest details and a link to the online entry form are posted on the High School Essay Contest page of the Americans Against Gun Violence website. Americans Against Gun Violence will be awarding at least $15,000 in scholarships, divided among 12 national essay contest winners, with a maximum individual award of $3,000; and PSR/Sacramento will be awarding an additional $10,000 in scholarships divided among 10 California essay contest winners, with an additional maximum individual award of $3,000. All California high school students who enter the Americans Against Gun Violence will be automatically entered into the PSR/Sacramento essay contest and will be eligible for scholarship awards from both Americans Against Gun Violence and PSR/Sacramento. The deadline for California students to enter the contest is Saturday, April 20. Americans Against Gun Violence will notify national essay contest winners by Monday, May 20, and PSR/Sacramento will notify California winners by Wednesday, May 22.

2024 marks the 20th consecutive year that PSR/Sacramento has offered its High School Scholarship Essay Contest. With this year’s awards, the total amount of scholarship money awarded by PSR/Sacramento will exceed $200,000. Tax deductible contributions to support our annual High School Scholarship Essay Contest can be made via the Join/Donate page of this website. The scholarship essay contest is run entirely with volunteer labor, and 100% of contributions to the scholarship essay contest fund go directly to student awards. 


Links to the winning essays in our 2023 contest are posted on the Home Page of this website. The winning essays in other past contests can be accessed via the links below: