COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 03

January 23, 2007

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE/SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Linda M. Wallinger

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Engineering 2007 Scholarship Program

 

American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Virginia is inviting high school divisions to help identify students interested in pursuing a career in engineering for the Engineering 2007 Scholarship Program. This scholarship is in conjunction with the Jamestown 2007 Commemoration of 400 Years of Engineering America.

 

A minimum of five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors planning to enter the engineering profession. The scholarship will be sent directly to the school the student will be attending in the fall of 2007.

 

Applicants for the Commemoration Scholarships must:

                    be graduating from a Virginia high school in spring 2007;

                    plan to pursue a career in engineering;

                    enter a college or university in September 2007; and

                    have an average 2.5 cumulative GPA (on a scale of 4.0) or better as of December 2006.

 

To apply students must:

                    fill out the application in its entirety; and

                    write an essay on the following topic: What is the most important engineering feat that has promoted discovery?

 

The criteria for judging the scholarship are as follows:

                    knowledge of subject matter and historical accuracy (50 points);

                    use of supporting evidence including examples, descriptions, analogies and data (25 points); and

                    grammatical conventions including use of language, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization (25 points).

 

The essay is limited to two 8 x 11 pages, double-spaced, 12 point font with one-inch margins. The applications are available at http://www.engineering2007.com. Deadline for the application and essay is March 30, 2007. The application and essay should be mailed to:

Engineering 2007 Scholarship

c/o ACEC Virginia

5206 Markel Road, Suite 300

Richmond, Virginia 23230.

 

If you have any questions about the scholarship, please contact ACEC Virginia at (804) 673-0868; or Joseph Wharff, school counseling specialist, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, by e-mail at Joseph.Wharff@doe.virginia.gov, or telephone at (804) 786-9377.

 

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