Thomas Jefferson Chapter Sons of the American Revolution

Celebrating the patriotism and educational achievements of American Youth is a primary mission of the Thomas jefferson Chapter (SAR)


The Thomas Jefferson Chapter supports the following Youth and Educational Outreach Programs 

Americanism Elementary School Poster Contest 

This contest is directed at students in the 4th or 5th grades, depending on which grade year the American Revolution is taught in their educational system.  The National Society Elementary School Poster Contest will stimulate interest in American History in support of the Fourth or Fifth Grade Curriculum


The Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest

The contest is designed to explore the influence of the Revolutionary war on present day America. Contest is open to all students attending home schools, public, parochial, or private high schools who are in their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior (grades 9 through 12) year of study.


The George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

The contest is designed to give high school students an opportunity to explore events that shaped American History.  Contestants shall be in the sophomore, junior or senior grade of study during the contest year


ROTC/JROTC Recognition Program

The 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 a Chapter, a State 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.


Arthur M. & Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship

Open to all Eagle Scouts who are currently registered in an active unit and have not reached their 19th birthday during the year of application.  The year that Eagle was awarded is not restricted.  Three cash scholarship awards are given: As the National First Place winner - $8,000.00; Runner-up - $4,000.00; 2nd runner-up - $2,000.00.


Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award

The Tom & Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award winner will represent a teacher 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.














JROTC Programs


















Fork Union Military Academy Minuteman Award

Mr. Josh Underwood,  winner of the  Virginia Society Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest, stands with TJ Chapter President Mark Day and Chapter Members Pat Kelly, Ken Wallenborn, Phil Williams, and Trice Taylor

Miss Kenzie Vanderwerker was presented with a check for taking 2nd place in the Virginia Society George S. & Stella M. Knight Essay Contest

Mr. Mark R. Day, center right,  was presented with an award and check for being selected as the Virginia Society's nominee to the National Society's Tom and Betty Lawrence American History Teacher Award

Mr. Patrick  Bond was awarded a certificate and a check for placing third in the Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Scholarship competition

Dr. Phil Williams presented the Silver JROTC Medal to Cadet  Alexander Laws of Monticello High School


 Mackey Tillman and Harvey Hague present  the Fork Union Minuteman Award to  Cadet Captain Glen G. Grigsby,Jr.