P. O. BOX 2120

September 17, 1999


TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: The Lee-Jackson Scholarship Program

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the Lee-
Jackson Scholarship Program sponsored by the Lee-Jackson 
Foundation of Charlottesville.  The objective of the 
program is to acquaint young people with two of Virginia's 
outstanding leaders, Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. 
"Stonewall" Jackson.  Three $1,000.00 scholarships will be 
awarded in each of Virginia's eight school regions to the 
three juniors or seniors submitting the best essays on the 
career, character, or some other aspect of the life of 
either General Robert E. Lee or General Stonewall Jackson, 
or both.

An application and other materials describing this program 
are enclosed.  The deadline for students to submit 
applications and essays to their high school principals is 
December 17, 1999.  Each high school principal will submit 
the students' applications and essays to the division 
superintendent in the school's county or city of residence.  
Each superintendent will select the best five essays and 
forward the applications, essays, and the completed 
Division Superintendent Summary Form to the chairman of 
his/her regional screening committee listed on page 11 of 
the application.  The Department of Education does not 
implement this scholarship, therefore, no information 
should be returned to this agency.

Under separate cover, an application and other materials 
describing the program are being sent to the principals of 
each public and nonpublic senior high school.  The 
Department of Education is requesting these persons to 
assist in making students aware of the scholarship 

For further information, please contact Vernon L.Wildy at 
the Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, 
Richmond, VA 23218-2120, (804) 225-2877 or the chairman of 
your regional screening committee.

Enclosure:      A hard copy of this memo and its attachment 
                will be send to the superintendent's office.