Programs / Contests

Middle School Brochure      Elementary School Poster      Eagle Scout Scholarship      Historical Oration Contest      ROTC / JROTC Recognition
Essay Contest      History Teacher Award

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Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest

The Americanism Middle School Brochure Contest was created to stimulate interest in American History in support of the established school curriculum. This contest is directed at students in the 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grades, depending on which year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system - including ecumenical and home schooled students.  If the American Revolution period of American History is technically not specifically covered during these middle school grades, an entry will still be accepted for the competition by the state society.  The topic/theme for the Middle School Brochure Contest is the same as the topic/theme for the Elementary School Poster Contest in a specific School Year.

Ohio Committee Chairman: Charles E. Finley  Contact here

National SAR provides details: (currently being updated)


OHSSAR 2017 winner
Lily E. Pucks
Sponsor: Western Reserve Society
(L-R) Compatriot Ted M. Minier representing the Western Reserve Society; Contest Chairman Charles Finley


OHSAR 2017 Winning Poster
Paige Goodling, 1st Place
Sponsor: Cincinnati Chapter

Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest

The contest was developed to help stimulate interest in, and aid the study of, American History in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade curriculum. In 2012, the contest was expanded to include Cub Scouts, Brownies, Children of the American Revolution members, and other youth organizations recognized by the SAR Americanism Committee in addition to public, private, parochial, and home schools.
Papanikolaou will receive a certificate and cash awards, and the poster will be entered into the National Society SAR’s contest to be judged at the Society’s annual Congress in Boston, Massachusetts in July.

Ohio Committee Chairman: Robert Davis Contact HERE

As an alternate he can be reached at:

Click HERE to read the contest announcement with information on who may participate, contest rules, themes, judging and deadlines.

Click HERE to download the contest application.

(note: SAR Chapters should  go to the Member's Only section for the Chapter Submission Form)

Eagle Scout Scholarship Program

Officially titled The Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship, this program provides an opportunity to recognize and reward achievements of outstanding young Americans, future leaders of our nation and potential compatriots of the SAR.

Open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application.   (The application year is the calendar year, 01 Jan. to 31 Dec.)   The year that Eagle was awarded is not restricted.  College plans do not need to be completed in order to receive the cash scholarship.  Three cash scholarship awards are given by the National SAR Society: First Place winner - $10,000.00; Runner-up - $6,000.00; 2nd runner-up - $4,000.00.  A Scout may apply more than one year if the age requirements are met, but no more than $10,000.00 total may be granted to any one Eagle Scout.

For further contest information and directions for the Eagle Scout Scholarship Program, click HERE

To download the application form for the Scholarship Program, click HERE

Ohio Committee Chairman: Lance Beebe. Contact HERE

National SAR provides details (currently being updated)


OHSAR 2017 Winner
Isaac J. Cooper - Troop 265 
Sponsor: Northeastern Ohio Chapter
(L-R) 1st Place winner Isaac and Contest Chairman Lance Beebe


OHSAR 2017 Winner
Isaiah Paik
Sponsor: Western Reserve Chapter

(L-R) Stan Vishnevsky, Sebastian's Grandfather; Sebastian Williams; John Bredenfoerder Contest Chairman

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest will be conducted at the Chapter, State and National levels. The contest is open to all students of the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes (Grades 9 - 12) in the public, parochial, private and home schools within the jurisdiction of the Ohio State SAR. The student must present an original speech with the topic based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution as defined by the NSAR for each year.

In Ohio, this contest is also known as the "D. G. High Historical Oration Contest". D.G. was the OHSSAR compatriot who originally championed the contest and so the contest name was created to honor him. In later years, another compatriot, Joseph S. Rumbaugh, made significant contributions to the contest. The NSSAR passed a resolution to rename the NSSAR contest after Compatriot Rumbaugh. In Ohio, occasionally we use the D.G. High name to honor our compatriot and the original founder of the contest.

Ohio Committee Chairman: John H. Bredenfoerder  Contact here

National SAR provides details: (currently being updated)

ROTC / JROTC Recognition Program

The ROTC/JROTC program was created to recognize ROTC/JROTC cadets who express patriotism, leadership, military bearing, scholarship and general excellence in a well crafted original essay. For the State contest each cadet must submit the essay on the topic "How JROTC has prepared me to be a better citizen of the United States". The essay may be done on a computer, typewriter, or by hand (in black ink). This essay will also be used in the National contest. If there is a Chapter contest, Chapters may also require this essay. Initial selection criteria will be primarily left up to the Senior Military Science Instructor at the facility and include the items listed above.

Ohio Committee Chairman: Terry A. Whetstone  Contact here

National SAR provides details: (currently being updated)


OHSSAR 2017 Winner
Cadet 1Lt. Hailey Cydrus
Sponsor: Centennial Chapter
(L-R) 1Lt. Hailey Cyrus and  Terry Whetstone, Contest Chairman

OHSSAR 2017 Winner
Ethan F. Marsh

Subject:  "The Patriotic Audacity of Alexander Hamilton"

Sponsor: George Rogers Clark Chapter
(L-R) Ethan F. March and Don McGraw Contest Chairman

The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

The George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest was originally established and named in honor of President Calvin Coolidge, who won a local SAR essay contest while a student at Amherst. The contest was reestablished in 1988 by Compatriot McCarthy DeMere.  In 1995, the contest was renamed the George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest in honor of their generous gift to the SAR to support this contest. The program is designed to give freshman, sophomore, junior and senior students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history.

Conducted at the Chapter, State Society and National Society levels, the students must submit an original essay with topics based on original research and deal with an event, person, philosophy or ideal associated with the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, or the framing of the United States Constitution.

Ohio Committee Chairman: Donald C. McGraw  Contact here

National SAR provides details: (currently being updated)

Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, whose mission and objectives are patriotic, historical, and educational, wish to identify, recognize, and commend Outstanding Social Studies Teachers. These extraordinary educators at private, public, and parochial institutions, who teach our children in a middle or high school setting, will be recognized for actively addressing the history of the American Revolutionary era. The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will represent a teacher whose instruction on the Revolutionary War era from 1750 - 1800 demonstrates educational efforts in the classroom that exceed and excel above current, accepted, curriculum requirements.

The Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will be able to choose a trip to one of the following seminars: (1) Freedoms Foundation Summer Teachers Graduate Workshop at Valley forge, PA; (2) Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teachers Workshop in Williamsburg, VA; (3) Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville VA; or, (4) SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.  The National SAR Society covers expenses associated with this award up to $1,400.

Ohio Committee Chairman: Timothy E. Ward  Contact here

National SAR provides details: (currently being updated)


This is a new program for the Ohio SAR and no winner was selected for 2016