2018 High School Scholarship Essay Contest

PSR/Sacramento congratulates the winners of its 2018 High School Scholarship Essay Contest. The prompt for this year’s contest was the following quotation from the Iranian women’s rights activist, Mahnaz Afkhami:

“The connection between women’s human rights, gender equality, socioeconomic development, and peace is increasingly apparent.”

At the essay contest finals dinner on Sunday, May 6, the 10 student finalists presented their essays orally, and a distinguished panel of judges from the community chose the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. A total of $15,000 in scholarships was awarded.

The winners of the 2018 PSR/Sacramento High School Scholarship Contest are pictured below. Scroll down and click on students’ names to read their essays. Click on this link to read the essays of prior scholarship essay contest winners.

2018 Essay Contest Winners (from left to right, Katherine McCabe, Theresa Wood, Olivia Fu, Amanda Nazario, Shimika Basuroy, Vidhisha Mahesh, Sarah Goold, Melanie Holst, Brenn Haydon, and Logan Ruggles)



First Place ($3,000 Scholarship)

Olivia Fu

Saint Francis High School, Sacramento


Second Place ($2,500 Scholarship)

Logan Ruggles

Franklin High School, Elk Grove


Third Place (Tie between two winners, $2,000 Scholarship each)

Katherine McCabe

Pioneer High School, Woodland



Theresa Wood

South Sutter Charter High School, Placerville


Other Finalists ($1,000 Scholarship each)


Shimika Basuroy

Folsom High School, Folsom

Sara Goold

Woodcreek High School, Roseville


Brenn Haydon

Placer High School, Auburn


Melanie Holst

C.K. McClatchy High School, Sacramento


Vidhisha Mahesh

Folsom High School, Folsom


Amanda Nazario

Davis Senior High School, Davis


Click on this link to read the essays of prior scholarship essay contest winners.