La Cuesta Chapter NSDAR

San Luis Obispo, California

Contests and Awards

California DAR awards

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Chapter Activities

DAR Youth Citizenship Medal

La Cuesta Chapter members presented 67 DAR Youth Citizenship medals in the following schools in San Luis Obispo area in May and June 2014:

  • Baywood Elementary  
  • Bishop Peak Elementary 
  • Branch Elementary  
  • C. L. Smith Elementary
  • Cayucos Elementary 
  • Del Mar Elementary 
  • Fairgrove Elementary  
  • Grover Beach School 
  • Grover Heights School 
  • Hawthorne School 
  • Judkins Middle School
  • Laguna Middle School  
  • Los Osos Middle School  
  • Los Ranchos School  
  • Margaret Harloe Elementary  
  • Mesa Middle School  
  • Monarch Grove Elementary  
  • Nipomo Elementary  
  • Ocean View Elementary  
  • Oceano School  
  • Paulding Middle School 
  • Santa Lucia Middle School 
  • Sinsheimer School  
  • Teach School  


La Cuesta chapter's Cal Poly University ROTC winner in June 2013:

Cadet Kevin McFadden was chosen by professors of the military sciences and the heads of the university. Cadet McFadden demonstrated loyalty and patriotism. He also earned a record of military and scolastic achievement during his participation in the Cal Poly University Army ROTC program. As he moves forward into his Army career, his training and achievements within the program will sustain and guide him.

The Stairs Carskaddon Essay Scholarship

Helen Louise McAlpine Carskaddon
Helen Louise McAlpine Carskaddon

The Mission of the Stairs Carskaddon Essay Scholarship is to encourage and reward an understanding of American History as it relates to the life of the writer.

The Stairs Carskaddon Essay Scholarship was established in 2005 by Stanley Stairs in honor of his mother, Helen Louise McAlpine Carskaddon. With her love of history and experience as a teacher, Helen believed that a good, solid, basic education was essential to improving one's lot in life and becoming a good citizen. In the 21st century, Helen felt that meant getting a college degree. She thought that her scholarship might make a difference in the lives of at least a few young people in San Luis Obispo County. Helen served as the regent of the La Cuesta Chapter, NSDAR from 1986 to 1988. The scholarship has been awarded annually to a graduating San Luis Obispo County senior who best answers the question, "How their own personal American History affected their contemporary life in San Luis Obispo County." Since 2005, $23,000 in scholarships have been awarded. For additional information about the Stairs Carskaddon Essay Scholarship, please visit the Scholarship web site at this link

Helen Louise McAlpine Carskaddon was born in 1908 and died in 2005.  The photo was taken one month prior to her death at age 96.  She was a lovely, intelligent lady, very much admired by our chapter ladies.