A winning essay is all that stands between one lucky San Ramon Valley high school student and a $5,000 college scholarship.

The Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley is offering the prize to the winner of its 2014 Scholarship Competition. Contestants must write an 800- to 1,000-word essay on the three War Powers acts of 1941, '42 and '73, answering the question "Are these acts constitutional or unconstitutional?" Students may argue either side of the question but must support their position by quoting the article or amendment to the Constitution that supports their argument.

The three finalists will be questioned on their essay by a panel of judges to determine the winner. The competition is open to all ninth- through 12th-grade students living in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District boundaries, including contestants who may be home-schooled or attend school outside the district.

Essays are due April 13. The winner will be honored May 14 at the Exchange Club's luncheon. For more details and rules, call 925-275-2412 or email to tt232425@att.net.

The Exchange Club of the San Ramon Valley, part of the National Exchange Club, is a service organization focusing on family, community and country. For more information, log on to www.srvexchangeclub.org.

-- Beth Jensen, Correspondent