COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 43

February 18, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

The Lumina Foundation Grants Program for College Goal Sunday

 

The Lumina Foundation for Education, an Indianapolis-based, private, independent foundation, strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to education beyond high school. One important grant opportunity sponsored by the foundation is College Goal Sunday. For more than a decade, College Goal Sunday has helped tens of thousands of low-income students and families clear the paperwork hurdle when applying for college financial aid. On one particular day, traditionally a week or two after Super Bowl Sunday, financial aid officers and other qualified volunteers visit selected community sites across a state to help families fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the universally required financial aid application. As a prelude to College Goal Sunday, the organizers of each states campaign launch an extensive public information campaign to reach low-income residents. Campaigns use the news media, direct mail, and celebrity appearances at key high schools to inform the public about the importance of education beyond high school, the availability of financial aid, and the existence of College Goal Sunday to help them complete the FAFSA.

 

For more information about The Lumina Foundation and this grant opportunity, go to the following website: www.luminafoundation.org/grants/granteestories/collegegoalsunday.html.

 

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