Superintendent's Memo #278-09

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

October 2, 2009

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: The Lee-Jackson Scholarship Program

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) 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 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, nine $2,000, and eighteen $1,000 scholarships to public, private, and home school students throughout the state of Virginia. The awards are made as follows:

The application and reporting forms are located on the Lee-Jackson Foundation website at The deadline for students to submit applications and essays to their high school principals is January 15, 2010. Each high school principal will submit the students' applications and essays to the local division superintendent. 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 or her regional screening committee listed on page 10 of the application. Winners will be announced April 15, 2010. 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 Foundation, at (434) 974-6083; or the chairman of your regional screening committee listed on page 10 of the application.