COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 28
February 14, 1997

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM:
 
Richard T. La Pointe
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 are 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 1997-98
  academic year.  A prompt response from each school is
  important to the program's success.

  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.

  Scholarship applications must be received by March 31, 1997. 
  A statewide committee will select the scholarship recipients
  and notify them prior to the end of the current school year. 
  Please contact Vernon L. Wildy at (804) 225-2877 or Sheryl
  Smith at (804) 225-2071 if you have questions regarding the
  program or wish to receive a copy of the application
  materials.

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