Contests and Awards
California DAR awards
American History Essay Contest
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.
The San Antonio chapter invites numerous local schools to participate in the contest. Chapter members attend the schools' award ceremonies to give certificates to the participants.
Gold and bronze Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) medals are presented to outstanding high school and college cadets.
- The DAR ROTC gold medal is awarded to a college or university graduate being commissioned in one of the U.S. Armed Forces.
- The DAR ROTC bronze medal is awarded to not more than one student in a secondary school JROTC program, either a junior or a senior, or a junior college graduating senior. A graduating senior of a U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Unit is eligible to receive the DAR ROTC bronze medal.
The San Antonio chapter awards bronze medals to ROTC students in eight local high schools.
DAR Youth Citizenship Awards
The San Antonio chapter awards Youth Citizenship Medals to 8th grade students in several local junior high schools each year. The schools are invited to choose a recipient that shows a high level of honor, service, courage, leadership, and patriotism.