Superintendent's Memo #270-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

November 5, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: The Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program sponsored by the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation of Charlottesville. The objective of the program is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of two of Virginia's most outstanding military figures, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

The Foundation awards one $10,000, eight $2,000, and nine $1,000 scholarships to public, private, and home-school students throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. The awards are made as follows:

The application and reporting forms are located on the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Web site at http://www.lee-jackson.org/. The deadline for students to submit applications and essays to their high school principals is February 15, 2011. Each high school principal will submit the students' applications and essays to the division superintendent. Each superintendent will select the five best essays and forward the applications, essays, and the completed Division Superintendent Summary Form to the chairman of his or her regional screening committee listed on page 11 of the application. Winners will be announced May 16, 2011. The VDOE does not administer this scholarship; therefore, no information should be returned to the department.

Principals of all public and nonpublic high schools are requested to assist in making students aware of this scholarship opportunity.

For further information, please contact Stephanie Leech, scholarship program coordinator for the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation, at salp_leech@yahoo.com, or the chairman of your regional screening committee listed on page 11 of the application.

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