COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

 

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 61

March 10, 2006

 

INFORMATIONAL

 

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Request for Nominations of College-Bound Students for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

 

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship to provide financial assistance to students who have achieved academically and show promise of continued outstanding academic achievement. Graduating seniors of public and private secondary schools and those who have the equivalent of a high school diploma are eligible for the Byrd Honors Scholarship Program. The applicants must have demonstrated and show promise of continued outstanding academic achievement.

 

Under separate cover, materials describing the Byrd Honors Scholarship Program are also being sent to the headmasters of accredited nonpublic secondary schools. The Virginia Department of Education is requesting that public and private schools assist in identifying and securing applications from eligible students who wish to be considered for college scholarships offered by the U. S. Department of Education for the 2006-2007 academic year.

 

A prompt response from each school is important to the programs success. All public school applications should be mailed from the division central office and postmarked no later than April 7, 2006. Please note the chart on page 2 of Attachment A, which indicates the maximum number of applications each division may submit.

 

The total number of applications submitted by each division cannot exceed the limit established on the basis of the total grade 12 fall membership for the public school division or the private school. Only complete applications will be accepted. Any part or parts of the application submitted separately (including letters of recommendation) will cause the application(s) to be rejected. Each school should keep a copy of the application(s) sent from the school.

 

Byrd scholars must be selected in such a way that all parts of the commonwealth are fairly represented. We request that you emphasize activities that ensure 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 postmarked by April 7, 2006. A statewide committee will select the scholarship recipients and notify them prior to the end of the current school year. If you have questions regarding the program or wish to receive a copy of the application materials,

please contact Dr. Willie Stroble, school counseling specialist, by e-mail at Willie.Stroble@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 786-9377. You may also contact Yvonne Ahlgrim by e-mail at Yvonne.Ahlgrim@doe.virginia.gov, or by telephone at (804) 225-3342,

 

PIW/WLS/yba

 

Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf061a.doc

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf061b.pdf