Cahuilla Chapter NSDAR

Palm Springs, California

Contests and Awards

California DAR awards

NSDAR Conservation Medal

The NSDAR Conservation Medal can be awarded to an adult with a distinguished volunteer conservation record. The criteria for issuance should include outstanding efforts in wildlife and nature centers, resource management park establishment, youth leadership; conservation related media; and education on the college, high school, junior high school, middle school, or elementary school level.

Outstanding Teacher of American History

This award was established  to recognize a notable, full-time teacher of American History in the public, private and parochial schools, grades 5-12. The candidate must teach in the state of the sponsoring chapter. The educator must have an incisive knowledge of American history that he/she readily shares with students; fosters a spirit of patriotism and loyal support of our country and constitutional government; demonstrate the ability to relate history to modern life and events; have high academic standards, requiring excellence at all times from students.  The candidate must be committed to his/her students and enjoy good rapport with them.

DAR Medal of Honor

The most prestigious honor awarded by the DAR is given to an adult man or woman who is a United State citizen by birth and has shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service and patriotism. The recipient must have made unusual and lasting contributions to our American Heritage by truly giving of himself to his or her community, state, county, and fellowman.

Media Awards

Media awards can be given on the local or national level. Each chapter is encouraged to recognize a program or a member of the film, radio, or television industries for outstanding  work that promotes education, historic preservation, or patriotism.

American History Essay Contest

The American History Essay Contest was established to encourage young people to think creatively about our nation's great history and learn about history in a new light.

This contest is open to students in public, private, and parochial schools, and registered home-study programs. Students in grades five through eight are encouraged to participate. Each year, a selected topic for use during the academic year is announced, and contest instructions are published online and sent to schools by participating DAR chapters. Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness.

Christopher Columbus Essay Contest

DAR partnered with the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 1996 to sponsor an annual national essay contest in honor of Christopher Columbus.

The contest is open to students in grades nine through twelve. Each year the DAR and the NIAF agree upon a topic for use during the academic year, and contest instructions are published online and sent to the schools by participating DAR chapters.

Essays are judged for historical accuracy, adherence to the topic, organization of materials, interest, originality, spelling, grammar, punctuation, and neatness. Judging at the national level is supervised by the NIAF.

DAR Good Citizens

The DAR Good Citizens program and Scholarship Contest encourages and rewards the qualities of good citizenship. The program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with their state boards of education. United States citizenship is not required. 

The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must have the following qualities and will be awarded the DAR Good Citizens pin:

  • 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.


Gold and bronze ROTC medals are presented to outstanding high school and college cadets.

  • The DAR ROTC gold medal is awarded to a college or university graduate being commissioned in one of the U.S. Armed Forces.
  • The DAR ROTC bronze medal is awarded to not more than one student in a secondary school JROTC program, either a junior or a senior, or a junior college graduating senior. A graduating senior of a U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Unit is eligible to receive the DAR ROTC bronze medal.

Women in American History Award

The Women is American History Award highlights the role of women in American History, past and present. A woman who is, or has been, an intellectual, educational, social, religious, political, scientific, artistic or cultural innovator in the community is selected and honored, usually during Women's History Month.