The DAR Good Citizens program is a wonderful way to recognize outstanding young people who exhibit the qualities of good citizenship in their homes, schools, and communities. Chapters should contact local high schools as soon as possible and encourage their participation.
The DAR Good Citizens program and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all high school seniors enrolled in public or private schools accredited by their state board of education. United States citizenship is not required.
The recommended procedure for selecting a DAR Good Citizen is for the faculty to choose a senior who has demonstrated, in an outstanding way, these qualities of a good citizen. Each school may honor only one senior class student per year as its DAR Good Citizen.
· Dependability (truthfulness, honesty, punctuality, etc.) · Service (cooperation, helpfulness, responsibility, etc.) · Leadership (personality, self-control, initiative, etc.) · Patriotism (unselfish loyalty to American ideals)
Late Summer / Early Fall Chapter chairs begin contacting and giving information to the schools. Chapter chairs order their DAR Good Citizens materials (using the chapter order form) from their state chair. Chapter chairs process the scholarship contest entries using non-DAR judges to select the winner. Please send the chapter contest winner's packet to the state chair by the date stated in the email along with the packet of Instructions. Please refer to the same email and follow the due dates indicated. State winning entry will then be sent to division national vice chair, Division winning entry will be sent to national chair.
American History Essay
The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light. This contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools, and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.
Participating chapters send one winning essay from each of the four grades for judging on the state level. The state will send one winning essay from each of the four grades to be judged on a divisional level. The winning essay from each of the four grades will then be judged on the national level and the winners are announced.
Each student participant receives a certificate of participation from the chapter and the chapter winners receive bronze medals and certificates. State winners receive certificates and silver medals. National winners receive special certificates, medals, and a monetary award. The American History topics change yearly.