COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 167

August 19, 2005

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

United States Senate Youth Program (Scholarship Opportunity for High School Juniors and Seniors)

 

The Virginia Department of Education will select two student delegates to represent Virginia in the United States Senate Youth Program sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Each delegate will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March 2006.

 

Each public and private high school may submit one nominee. That nominee will take an examination that tests the individuals knowledge of the United States Constitution and the government, including government officials. Two state delegates and two alternates will be selected based on the results of their examinations and information included in their applications.

 

Nominees must be juniors or seniors who have not previously been delegates, and who are serving during the 2005-2006 school year in an elected or selected capacity in a student government or related organization such as: student body or class president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer, representative to the student council or district, and regional or state-level civic or educational organization.

 

Each nominee must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state in which either one of his or her parents or guardians legally resides. A student attending a school that is located in a state other than the state of legal residence of either of the students parents or guardians is not eligible.

 

Nomination forms will be sent to all public and private schools the week of August 22, 2005, and must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Education no later than September 23, 2005. For further information, please contact Dr. Beverly Thurston (Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov), coordinator of history and social sciences, Office of Middle and High School Instruction at (804) 225-2893.

 

 

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