P.O. BOX 2120




February 20, 2004




Division Superintendents



Jo Lynne DeMary

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Governors Senior Year Plus Early College Scholars Agreement



I am pleased to announce the Governors Senior Year Plus: Early College Scholars Agreement. The Early College Scholars Agreement is intended to allow and encourage eligible high school seniors to complete requirements for a high school diploma and concurrently earn at least 15 hours of transferable credits toward a college degree, resulting in a more productive senior year and reducing the amount of college tuition for families.


Encouraging and selecting students to participate in the Early College Scholars program will be an important function of parents, principals, teachers, and guidance counselors. For the graduating class of 2004, students should:

         Have a B average or better

         Be pursuing an Advanced Studies Diploma

         Be completing or have completed college-level course work (i.e., Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Cambridge, or dual enrollment) that will earn at least 15 transferable college credits


The Governors Early College Scholars Agreement will be signed by participating students, their parents/guardians, and the high school principal and guidance counselor. A copy of the agreement is attached. The agreement sets forth the expectations and responsibilities of all parties in meeting the terms of the agreement. A student who signs an agreement to participate in the Early College Scholars program and who graduates from high school and completes all the terms of the agreement will be recognized as an Early College Scholar and receive a Governors certificate of recognition.


I encourage you to identify students in the graduating class of 2004 who are expected to meet the agreement criteria for the Early College Scholars program. Please note that it will be the responsibility of the principal to determine if at least 15 hours of college credits have been earned. The Department of Education will provide each school division certificates of recognition for your Early College Scholar recipients. In order for the Department of Education to order the correct number of certificates of recognition, please fax the attached completed form to Maureen B. Hijar at (804) 786-5466 by March 15, 2004.


If you need additional information about the Early College Scholars program, please contact Maureen B. Hijar (, director of secondary instruction, at (804) 225-2894.