COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 252

December 8, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Foundation for Excellent Schools: National Rural Scholars Program

 

 

The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce an opportunity for Virginia rural schools to participate in a program that will help hundreds of underserved students prepare for, access, and succeed in college. Through a seed grant from the Daniels Fund that has been matched by private sources, the Foundation for Excellent Schools (FES), a nonprofit organization, will launch the National Rural Scholars Program in August 2007.

 

The program is designed to have significant and measurable impact on a selected cohort of underserved youth who will be from low-income homes and will become, in many cases, the first in their family to attend college. Each selected school will identify at least 50 rural scholars who will participate with a college partner in five core activities: mentoring, goal setting, pathways to college, families as partners, and leadership through service. Specific services that benefit schools include: planning and training workshops, comprehensive program assessment, needs-based professional development, and interactive website.

 

Additional information on the program can be found at http://www.fesnet.org/, and the application can be found at http://www.fesnet.org/pdf/NRSApplic_Web.pdf. The application deadline is February 1, 2007.

 

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Kathleen M. Smith, director, Office of School Improvement, via e-mail Kathleen.Smith@doe.virginia.gov or telephone (804) 225-2865.

 

 

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