Benjamin Franklin Chapter
Sons of the American Revolution

SAR Award Programs

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Since its founding in 1889, the Sons of the American Revolution has promoted historic preservation, education, and patriotism across the nation. We offer programs, scholarships, and awards yearly for public-school students, officers in training, and eagle scouts. The contests are organized by age group for elementary, middle, and high school. In addition, we recognize teachers in our American History Teacher award.

These monetary awards are effective January 1, 2020 and are subject to change.

Youth- Grades 3-5

SAR Elementary School Americanism Poster Contest

The poster contest is open to students in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, depending on when the American Revolution is taught in their public, private, parochial, charter and home school. The contest is also open to members of the C.A.R., Cub Scouts and Brownies who are in the same grade if their school does not participate. Judging is based upon portrayal of the year's theme, originality, evidence of research, neatness, artistic merit and creativity. The permanent themes are "Revolutionary War Events" in school years ending in an even number and "Revolutionary War Persons" in school years ending in an odd number.

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2019 Poster Contest Winners with Chuck Finley

2020 Winner Arthur J. Steele
4th Grader at J.C. Sommer Elementary School, Grove City
Topic- Boston Tea Party
Also, received honorable mention at the state level

Entry Deadline March 31

Chapter Awards: $70, $50, $30
State Awards: $250, $100, $50
National Awards: $150, $100, $50

Contact Chuck Finley
cfinley@cscc.edu

More Information National Website


Youth- Grades 6-8

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SAR Middle School Brochure Contest

The brochure contest is in honor of Sgt. Moses Adams is open to middle school students, depending on when the American Revolution or Government is taught within their public, private, parochial, charter or home school. The contest is also open to members of the C.A.R., Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts who are in the same grade if their school does not participate. Judging is based upon content, creativity and correctness. The permanent theme is "The Founding Documents of the United States." National winners receive a ribbon, certificate and a cash award. Prizes on the state and chapter level vary.

Entry Deadline: March 1st.

Chapter Awards: $80 $60 $40
State Awards:
National Awards: $300 $200 $100

Contact: Chuck Finley
cfinley@cscc.edu

More Information: National Website


Youth- Grades 7-12

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CAR Activity Award

The SAR Children of the American Revolution Award is given to C.A.R. members who have performed outstanding service in the furthering of the principles of freedom, and knowledge about and appreciation of the American Revolution, and in supporting the goals of the C.A.R.

Entry Deadline:

Chapter Awards:
State Awards:
National Awards:

Contact:

More Information: National Website


Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

The SAR Historical Oration Contest in honor of Joseph S. Rumbaugh is open to all students in Secondary School to perpetuate the stories of patriotism, courage, tragedy and triumph of the men and women who achieved the independence of the American people. These stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each generation as it is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions. The contest culminates in an inspiring National Orations Contest held each year, where State winners represent their respective Societies and Districts.

Ohio Oration Contest winner presented
by BFC member Steve Kelley

Entry Deadline: January 31

Chapter Awards: $150, $100, $75
State Awards: $800, $400, $200
National Awards: $6,000, $4,000, $2000

Contact: Chuck Finley

More Information: National Website


George S. and Stella M. Knight SAR Essay Contest

The SAR Essay Contest in honor of George S. and Stella M. Knight is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American history. At Chapter, State Society, and National Society levels, 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. Cash award.

Entry Deadline: November 30

Chapter: $100, $75, $50
State awards: $800, $400, $200
National Awards: $5,000, $2,500, $1,000

Contact: Chuck Finley
cfinley@cscc.edu

More Information: National Website


Youth- Age 12 - 20

SAR Youth Exchange Program

The SAR Youth Exchange Program involving the children and grandchildren of SAR members in France and the United States was first implemented in 2008 and 2009 and has been a resounding success. The exchange includes young ladies and gentlemen between the ages of twelve and twenty years old. This program has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for young people from both countries to experience a different culture, develop new relationships, and share our mutual heritage of freedom. During the summer of 2010, the SAR had six youths participate in this program. The American youths were from Santa Ana, California; Concord, North Carolina; and Jacksonville, Florida. The three French youth participants from France were all from Paris, France.

More Information: National Website


American History Teacher Award

Dr. Tom and Berry Lawrence American History Teacher Award

The SAR American History Teacher Award sponsored by Dr. Tom & Betty Lawrence recognizes teachers 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. Winners of the award choose a trip to one of the following seminars:

  • Freedoms Foundation Summer Teacher Graduate Workshop at Valley Forge, Pa.
  • Colonial Williamsburg Summer Teacher Workshop in Williamsburg, Va.
  • Jefferson Symposium at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Va.
  • SAR Annual Conference on the American Revolution.

Entry Deadline: About March 1st.

National Awards: Potential benefits worth up to $5,000 per winner.

Contact: Chuck Finley
cfinley@cscc.edu

More Information: National Website


Eagle Scout Award

Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Award

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) invites all Eagle Scouts interested in the American Revolution to participate in the Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Contest. The contest is open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and, have not reached their nineteenth birthday during the year of application. The year that the Eagle rank was awarded is not restricted.​

Scout Gabe Kunth, Troop 332

Entry Deadline: November 30

Chapter Awards: $100, $75, $50
State awards: $300, $200, $100
National Awards: $10,000, $6,000, $4,000

Contact: David Mansperger
demansperger@yahoo.com

More Information: National Website


ROTC and JROTC

ROTC and JROTC Awards

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) awards the ROTC Medal to foster the principle of the “citizen-soldier,” exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented by an SAR Chapter, State-level Society, or the National Society to ROTC or JROTC cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing, and general excellence. The recipients are selected by the Commanding Officer of the ROTC or JROTC unit, who should be given full latitude in making the selection.

Bill Johnson and 2019 OSU Naval ROTC recipient

Entry Deadline:

Chapter Awards: Medal & Certificate
State awards:
National Awards:

Contact:Bill Johnson
billjohnson0507@aol.com

More Information: National Website

Jim McCune and Cadet Colleen Mills

April 15, 2021

Jim McCune, Jr. pinning Cadet Colleen Mills from Capital University Army ROTC unit her ROTC medal.

April 21, 2021

Midshipman 1st class Maloy receiving the SAR award. Midshipman Maloy is an Aviation Engineering major from Akron. Following commissioning he will attend flight school at the Naval Air Station at Pensacola, FL.

Presenting the award is Captain Mark McCulloch, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, Professor of Naval Science at OSU.



April 21, 2021

Colonel Michael Gimbrone, Commander of the Air Force ROTC at OSU presenting Cadet James Elder with the award for this year.



May 19, 2021

Jim McCune presenting the Bronze JROTC award to Cadet Cajin Crawford of Highland High School (Marengo, OH) Navy JROTC program.




National Enhanced JROTC Program

The winner of each state-level society competition will be entered into the National JROTC Recognition program. The winning cadet at the national society level will receive his or her award at our annual SAR Congress. The award will be the National JROTC Medallion and the 5 cash awards listed below.

Entry Deadline:

Chapter: Enhanced Medal Set, Certificate, Certificate
State awards: $500, $200, $100
National Awards: $5,000, $2,000, $1,000, $250, $250

Contact: Bill Johnson
billjohnson0507@aol.com

More Information: National Website

April 13, 2021

The chapter has its first Enhanced JROTC award Naval Cadet Caroline Richards from the Grove City High School Navy JROTC program.

After being selected for the chapter she placed third at the Ohio Society.


Public Safety Awards

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution has 5 separate awards in this area:

  • Law enforcement
  • Fire safety
  • Emergency services
  • Heroism
  • SAR Life saving

Columbus Division of Police Award presented by Bill Diehl

Entry Deadline:

Chapter Awards: Award medal
State awards:
National Awards:

Contact: Don Miller
gunshipballs9@gmail.com

Photo courtesy of Columbus Div. of Fire, public information office

August, 2020

Left- FireFighter Kyle Hunt EMS award The station house received a call that a victim had been struck by a train and was trapped under it. It turned out that the incident was on a bridge over the Scioto River. F.F. Hunt walked the tracks to get to the victim who was still alive. Putting his own safety aside F.F. Hunt crawled under the train to ascertain on how to free the victim . With directions from another Fire Fighhter. F.F. Hunt had to amputate the foot of the victim in order to free her. she was then rushed to the local Hospital where she survived.

Right- Lt. William Loper Fire Safety award Lt.Loper has worked diligently throughout his 20+ year career with the Div. to improve the safety for all those within the community. First responders have benefited by his numerous instructional videos on fire safety. Under his leadership, the plans Review Section processed more than 1,450 site plans and 1,650 fire and sprinkler alarm plans in the past year.

September 25, 2020

CPD Officer D. McCray

Law Enforcement Commendation award presented by Donald Miller at the Cleveland Av. Neighborhood Policing Center. Present were three CPD Command Officers and six precinct 1st Shift officers.

May 27, 2021

CPD Officer Retired Paul Coulter

Law Enforcement Commendation award presented by Donald Miller at the Moody Hall Neighborhood Policing Center. Present were six of his fellow Officers.