Principals' Memo #1002-13

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

January 8, 2013

TO:  Principals

FROM:  Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation – Call for Nominations for Two Science Competitions

The Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation is an independent Federal government agency created by Congress in 1992 to encourage and support research, study, and labor designed to produce new discoveries in all fields of endeavor. The Christopher Columbus Foundation has two opportunities to recognize high school educators and students for contributions in their fields.

The 2013 Agriscience Award is a partnership between the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation and the American Farm Bureau Federation.  The mission of the partnership recognize, through monetary awards, one current high school teacher and two current high school students, who are judged to exemplify excellence in the field of agriscience and to highlight the importance of agriculture in the 21st century.

One $5,000 Agriscience Educator Award will be presented to a current high school educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, and who emphasizes concepts, principles and applications in their curriculum to promote the study of agriscience.

Two $1,000 Agriscience Student Awards will be presented to current high school students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions related to the field of agriscience.

The 2013 Life Sciences Awards recognize, through monetary award, one current high school educator and two current high school students who are judged to exemplify excellence in life sciences.

One $5,000 Life Sciences Educator Award will be presented to a current high school educator, with at least five years of teaching experience, who demonstrates an ongoing teaching strategy that evidences proficiency in instructing students in the Advanced Studies Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) Biology, Chemistry or other life sciences courses.

Two $1000 Life Sciences Student Awards will be presented to current high school students who are making or have recently made significant and positive contributions related to the study of life science.

For more information about the criteria for the 2013 Agriscience Award or to apply for the award, please visit http://www.agriscienceawards.com/home.php.   For more information about the 2013 Life Sciences Award, please visit http://www.ccolumbusfoundationawards.org/lifesciencesawards/index.cfm.  If you have any questions about either award program, please contact Judith Shellenberger, at the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, by e-mail at judithmscolumbus@cs.com or by telephone at (315)258-0090.

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