Community Service Awards are presented to outstanding individuals who volunteered in a way that improve our Colorado Springs area.
The DAR Good Citizens program is a wonderful way to recognize and reward outstanding high-school seniors in our community. The program and scholarship contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship (dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism in their homes, schools, and communities). The Zebulon Pike Chapter works with 21 schools in the Colorado Springs are and hosts a tea in February each year to honor these outstanding students and introduce the chapter winner.
ROTC Medals are awarded to student cadets of outstanding ability and achievement in high school, junior college, college, or university ROTC programs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.
American History Contest – Zebulon Pike Chapter participates in the American History essay contest. For all 5, 6, 7, and 8 students in a public, private, or parochial school, or those who are home schooled are eligible. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin.
Patriots of the American Revolution Contest is for high school students. This essay contest is focused on figures of the American Revolution, in preparation for the 250th anniversary of the nation’s founding. The contest is open to students in grades 9 through 12 in public, private, or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. This contest is conducted without regard to race, religion, sex, or national origin. All grades will be judged together, with one winner chosen.
There is also an award for the Outstanding American History Teacher for middle and high school teachers.
Constitution Week is the commemoration of America’s most important document. It is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23. The aims of the Constitution Week celebration are to:
- Emphasize citizens’ responsibilities for protecting and defending the U.S. Constitution.
- Inform people that the Constitution is the basis for America’s great heritage and the foundation for our way of life.
- Encourage the study of the historical events which led to the framing of the Constitution in September 1787.
During Constitution Week, a proclamation is requested from City Council and displays are set up at the Penrose Library. More information can be found on the Constitution Week page of the National DAR website or contact our chapter Regent using the Contact Us form.
The Zebulon Pike Chapter ladies participate in the annual Veterans Day Parade held in downtown Colorado Springs along with two other DAR Chapters, members of The Children of the American Revolution (CAR) and members of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR). It is a great opportunity for us to show appreciation and respect to the many veterans and active duty persons living in our community.
Each year, the chapter raises funds to purchase wreaths and participates in the wreath laying ceremony with Wreaths Across America.
At the beginning of the school year, the cupboards were bare at Mitchell High School Special Education Life Skill class. Members of the chapter teamed together and filled the cupboards with pots, pans, irons, vacuum cleaners, cleaning supplies and kitchen utensils of all types.
In October, to celebrate the DAR National Day of Service, members picked up trash along two miles of the Monument Creek along the Santa Fe Trail during Creek Week.
Members worked alongside the VFW members and the VA to sort clothing for the Homeless Veteran’s Stand Down.
In December each year, for the past 12 years, the chapter provides a book for every child at the Will Rogers Elementary School in Colorado Springs. This may be the only book a child has ever owned.
Zebulon Pike awards scholarships to outstanding History students at the United States Air Force Academy and at Colorado College. A scholarship is also awarded to an outstanding Veteran student at UCCS, whose GI Bill has expired.
Colorado State Society Scholarships
One way the Colorado DAR promotes education is to help students achieve a college degree with the following scholarships:
Adult Advanced Education Scholarship
This scholarship is provided to further the education, in any field, to an adult whose education was interrupted for at least one year.
Virginia Leyda Roberts Nursing Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a student who has been accepted or is currently enrolled in a nursing school for an associate or bachelor’s nursing degree.
Honorary State Regents’ American History Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to a college or university junior or senior with a concentrated study in history, government, or political science (or proof of intent to teach history or government).
Elementary/Secondary Teacher Education Scholarship
This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate or post graduate student who is majoring in an elementary or secondary school teacher educations.