SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 48
March 1, 1996
|FROM:||William C. Bosher, Jr.
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Request for Nominations of College-Bound Students for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program|
Under separate cover, materials describing the Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is being sent to the principal of each high school, headmasters of accredited non-public secondary schools, and Directors of Adult Education. The Virginia Department of Education is requesting these persons to assist in identifying and securing applications from seniors who wish to be considered for college scholarships offered by the U.S. Department of Education for the 1996-97 academic year. A prompt response from each school is important to the program's success. Please note that the Virginia Department of Education has not received the grant award for the scholarships, but has been advised by the U.S. Department of Education that we should proceed with the process. If we wait until the funds are awarded, it will be too late to complete the process before schools close for the year. There is a possibility that funds will not be awarded and we will have to disregard all applications. Students should be made aware of this before they submit an application. The purpose of the Byrd Honors Scholarship Program is to award scholarships to graduating seniors of public and private secondary schools or to those who have the equivalent of a high school diploma. The applicants must have demonstrated and show promise of continued outstanding academic achievement. Byrd scholars shall be selected in such a way that all parts of the Commonwealth are fairly represented. We request that you emphasize activities which will assure that students from low-income and moderate-income families have access to the information about the opportunity for full participation in the scholarship program. SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 48 March 1, 1996 Page 2 Scholarship applications must be received or postmarked by March 31, 1996. A statewide committee will select the scholarship recipients and notify them prior to the end of the current school year provided the Department of Education receives the grant award. Please contact Vernon L. Wildy at (804) 225-2877 or Sheryl Holland at (804) 225-2071 if you have questions regarding the program or wish to receive a copy of the application materials. WCBJr/sh