Iowa Society DAR
Junior American Citizens (JAC) Contests
The JAC Contest is open to all students in public, private, parochial, and sanctioned home schools in grades pre-school through 12; however pre-school and kindergarten students may participate only in the banner and group community service project contests. Participation is not limited to students in a classroom; youth groups such as scout troops, C.A.R. societies, and service organizations may also participate in the contests. For more information, click here.
JAC Art Contest:
Includes four categories: stamp, poster, banner, and
photographic essay. A winner will be selected in each
grade level and category. Students compete as
individuals only in the stamp, poster, and
photographic essay categories; the banner category is by group
entry only, the definition of a group being three or
more students. Pre-school and kindergarten students may
compete in the banner category of the Art Contest. Art
generated on the computer using clip art, cut and paste
technique, or scanned images is not allowed.
American Heritage/American History Contests
American History Essay Contest is an essay contest for students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8. Their enrollment may be in a public, private, parochial school, or home school. Essay length for grade 5 is 300-600 words, grades 6, 7, and 8 is 600-1000 words. Essay is to be handwritten in ink, typed, or prepared on a computer or word processor, using black type in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point. More information
Christopher Columbus Essay Contest is an essay contest for grades 9 - 12. Essay length is to be no more than 750 words. Essay must be typed, or prepared on a computer or word processor, using black type in a non-script font no smaller than 12 point or larger than 14 point. More information
DAR Good Citizens Program and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools, which are in good standing with the State Board of Education. United States citizenship is not required. The student selected as the school's DAR Good Citizen must have the qualities of Dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality); Service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others); Leadership (which includes personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility); and Patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation) to an outstanding degree. More information
NSDAR Outstanding Teacher of American History contest is to recognize a notable, full-time teacher of American History (and related fields, such as social studies, government, and citizenship education) in public, private, and parochial schools, Grades 6 - 12. The candidate must a) have taught school during the current academic years; b)teach in the state that sponsors the candidate; c) have an incisive knowledge of American History that he/she readily shares with students; d) foster a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country and constitutional government; e) demonstrate the ability to relate history to modern life and events; f) have high academic standards, requiring excellence at all times from students; g) be committed to his/her students and enjoy a good rapport with them.
DAR History Award Medal is given to a nominee whose study and/or promotion of some aspect of American history, on the local, regional, or national level, has significantly advanced the understanding of our nation's past. Nominees must demonstrate significant contributions to the study and/or promotion of American history outside, above, and beyond that which is required for any paid employment in order to be eligible for this award. The successful candidate's volunteer contributions to history may have been associated with any of the following: archives, manuscript collections, historical societies, libraries, museums, or other organizations focusing on history. Writers/editors of significant historical publications, historical researchers, and persons involved with preservation efforts of historical buildings, artifacts, or records are eligible as long as their work being honored is beyond their paid employment. Persons whose primary work is in the field of genealogy are not generally eligible for the award unless they also have made significant history-related contributions to the study of American History.
Other Awards and Contests
NSDAR Conservation Medal can be awarded to any man or woman with a distinguished conservation record. Criteria for issuance include outstanding efforts in wildlife and nature centers, resource management, park establishment, youth leadership, the media, and education on the college, high school, or elementary level. The candidate nominated must be sponsored by a chapter or a state organization and should have at least two letters of recommendation written by non-DAR members. Other material such as newspaper or magazine articles should be sent to substantiate the recommendation.
Community Service Award - The purpose of the Community Service Award is to recognize worthy, local people from a variety of walks of life for outstanding achievements in educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical or citizenship endeavors, or environmental conservation. The recipient is expected to have contributed to his/her community in an outstanding voluntary, heroic, civic, or benevolent manner, or participated in or organized community activities. This achievement should have taken place in the past five (5) years.
DAR Outstanding Veteran-Patient Award is presented to the veteran-patient in recognition of outstanding achievement in personal, professional, and family life following a disability. Applicant must prove significant contributions of leadership, patriotism, and increased public awareness of veteran-patients.
Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award is given to a youth volunteer who is not over 18 and who is serving in a VA facility, in recognition of outstanding or unusual achievement in caring for veteran-patients. The candidate for this award serves as a role model for peers and shows quality of leadership.