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April 20, 2022   •   Press Release  

Scholarship Essay Contest Honors the Sacrifice of Veterans

Folsom, California (April 22, 2022) – In keeping with its roots serving members of the armed services, SAFE Credit Union will honor our military veterans this year by sponsoring a high school scholarship essay contest thanking them for their service.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is now accepting 400-500-word essay submissions – detailing how we can thank our veterans for their service – through Monday, May 2. The winning Sacramento County high school junior or senior will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

“This is the seventh essay contest we have sponsored through SCOE, and we look forward to honoring our veterans each year,” says SAFE Credit Union Community Impact Manager Amanda Merz. “We are also happy to offer the scholarship to area high school students by merging our ongoing commitment to supporting education and veterans in our communities.”

The essay contest takes place in conjunction with Operation Recognition , a program of the Sacramento County Board of Education. Since 2001, the board has honored the contributions of local veterans who left high school to serve the U.S. military during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War.  

color guard photoColor Guard honors veterans during a Sacramento Office of Education Board of Trustees' Operation of Recognition ceremony.

This year’s essay theme is “How We Can Thank our Veterans for their Sacrifices.” The completed essay, along with a cover letter, must be received by Monday, May 2, 2022 and must be emailed to SCOE Communications Director Tim Herrera, or mailed to: Operation Recognition Scholarship Contest, SCOE Communications Office, P.O. Box 269003, Sacramento, CA 95826-9003.

To receive the scholarship, the winning entrant must also attend and read their essay at the Sacramento County Board of Trustees meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, to be held in person or virtually.

SAFE was founded in 1940 as a credit union for the men and women who worked at what later became McClellan Air Force Base. The credit union continues to support those who have served by employing veterans interested in a second career outside the military, and annually issues two grants of up to $20,000 each to businesses or nonprofits supporting veterans within the 13 counties SAFE serves.  

About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4.5 billion in assets and about 242,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.

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