Contributed Photo/Courtesy DAR: Samantha Palmer, left, from Thatcher High School and one of the winners of last year’s DAR scholarships, is shown receiving her award from Gila Valley Chapter Regent Helen Masten during the 2020 Constitution Week program.
Contributed Article By Bonnie Briscoe/DAR
GRAHAM COUNTY – The Gila Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) is offering three scholarships (one $500 and two $250) to students of any grade level attending Mt. Graham, Safford, or Thatcher high schools and are taking EAC dual enrollment general education classes. This also applies to homeschooled students at the high school level. The money from the scholarship can be used to offset expenses for books and tuition.
Since part of DAR’s mission is to promote an understanding of American heritage in today’s young people, the awarding of this scholarship will be based on the submission of a short, patriotic essay by Aug. 31. With the deadline being only a few weeks after school starts and submissions being highly competitive, applicants are encouraged to work on their essays during the summer.
For further information and updated guidelines for the 2021 essay, contact DAR Gila Valley Chapter member Bonnie Briscoe at 928-428-5904, other DAR chapter members, or the high school guidance counselor in the two school districts listed above.
Note: Pima High School students are not eligible for this scholarship as their dual-credit classes are paid for by the school district, according to Briscoe.