COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P. O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 37
February 19, 1999

INFORMATIONAL

TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
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 principals of
   each high school, headmasters of accredited nonpublic
   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 1999-2000 academic year.  A prompt response from
   each school is important to the program's success.  We are
   asking that all applications be mailed from the central
   office and postmarked no later than March 31, 1999.  We
   hope that this process will help school divisions adhere to
   the chart on page iii of the packet, which indicates the
   maximum number of applications each division may submit.

   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
   show promise of continued outstanding academic achievement. 
   Byrd scholars shall be selected in such a way that all
   areas 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.

   Please contact Vernon L. Wildy at (804) 225-2877 or Sheryl
   Smith at (804) 225-2071 if you have questions regarding the
   program.

   PDS/eh

   Enclosure:  A hard copy of this memo and its attachments
               will be sent to the superintendent's office.