Albemarle Chapter supports numerous projects aimed at promoting education and patriotism within our schools. Our purpose is to carry out the injunction of Washington in his farewell address to the American people, "to promote, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge, thus developing an enlightened public opinion." In addition to the essay and scholarship contests below, please see the AWARDS page for information on our chapter awards programs.
American History Essay Contest
Students in the 5-8th grades are eligible to participate. The topic, deadlines, and information are available on the NSDAR website. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to topic, organization of material, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. A title page listing required information and bibliography are also taken into consideration during the judging process. From the winners in this area one winning essay from each of the four grades will be submitted to the state chairman for judging on the state level. From there the contest continues until ultimately there are four national winners who receive gold medals, certificates, and monetary awards.
Christopher Columbus Essay Contest
A new Christopher Columbus essay contest topic is
selected each year jointly by the National Italian American Foundation and
the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Further
information can be found on the
Further information can be found on the NSDAR WEBSITE.
Junior American Citizens Committee
This JAC committee became an authorized DAR committee in 1906. The primary purpose is to encourage good citizenship with its privileges and responsibilities; service to God, Home, and Country; respect for the Flag of the United States of America; respect for the history and government of the United States of America; and, respect for oneself.
The JAC program is open to all youth, age preschool through high school. Any teacher or director in the Albemarle County area, who may be interested in forming a JAC Club, please contact us by EMAIL. Albemarle Chapter is interested in supporting you!
The JAC program also offers a national contest. The Albemarle Chapter will support interested students and assist them in applying for the contest.
The Virginia DAR offers scholarships for graduating high school seniors:
The American History Scholarship
A high school senior who plans to have a concentrated study of a minimum of 24 credit hours in American History or American Government during their college attendance qualifies to enter. The applicant shall submit the NSDAR Scholarship Application.
The state's winner's application will be submitted to the National Society for consideration for the American History Scholarship awarded by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
Virginia DAR Scholarships
There are two scholarships awarded to high school seniors who plan to major in any field other than nursing. The winners must attend a Virginia college or university.
Virginia Nursing Scholarship
The scholarship is awarded to a high school senior who will continue his/her education at an accredited Virginia School of Nursing.
In addition, the National Society awards scholarships to qualified students in a number of fields. In the Albemarle County area, please contact us by e-mail with specific questions.
Please EMAIL us for scholarship applications or for inquiries about our education programs.
Many DAR chapters support disadvantaged young people through the support of schools. Albemarle Chapter helps to provide funding and supplies for the following schools:
Tamassee DAR School (Tamassee, SC)
Kate Duncan Smith DAR School (Grant, AL.)
Additional approved schools also receive support from the DAR. They are for boys and girls who otherwise might not have an opportunity for education.
Bacone College (OK)
Berry College (Mount Berry, GA)
Chemawa Indian School (OR)
Crossnore School (Crossnore, NC)
Hillside School (Marlborough, MA)
Hindman Settlement School (Hindman, KY)
In addition, Albemarle Chapter DAR works with local schools including:
Monticello High School
William Monroe High School
The Blue Ridge School
Tandem Friends' School
Henley Middle School
Walker Middle School
Baker-Butler Elementary School
Meriwether Lewis Elementary
Red Hill Elementary
Please EMAIL us with specific questions about school awards.
DAR Sponsors Educational Institutions
Since 1903, the National Society DAR has been helping children in remote mountain areas receive an education. The DAR supports two schools in the Appalachian region - Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, Alabama, and Tamassee DAR School, South Carolina. Albemarle chapter also supports these learning institutions as well as local schools.