Principals' Memo #1015-09

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 9, 2009

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Announcement of the Annual Inspiration Awards and Bob Costas Writing Grants

The College Board has announced the Annual Inspiration Awards and Bob Costas Writing Grants.

The Inspiration Awards are presented each spring and include grants of $25,000 each to three secondary schools. Award-winning schools are recognized for their outstanding college-preparation programs and partnerships among teachers, parents, and community organizations. Through their dedication and commitment, these schools offer opportunities for higher education for students facing economic, social, and cultural barriers. Additional information is available at: http://www.collegeboard.com/inspirationawards

The Bob Costas Writing Grants recognize exceptional teachers of grades six through 12 for the innovative methods they use to develop their students' writing skills. Six grants of $3,000 will be awarded. Winners receive grants to enhance successful projects currently under way. Teachers from all academic disciplines are encouraged to apply. Additional information is available at: http://www.collegeboard.com/costasgrants

The deadline for all Inspiration Awards and Bob Costas Writing Grant applications is November 20, 2009. If you have questions about the grants or receipt of your form, please call the College Board Communications Office at 212-713-8052 or e-mail costasgrants@collegeboard.org for the Bob Costas Writing Grant or inspirationawards@collegeboard.org for the Inspiration Awards.

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