Superintendent's Memo #312-10

State seal, Commonwealth of Virginia

Department of Education

December 17, 2010

TO: Division Superintendents

FROM: Patricia I. Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Initiative

The Department of Education is pleased to announce the availability of the Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Initiative, which will provide 50 qualifying students from modest or low-income families with full tuition, fees, and on-campus room and board for four years, as well as academic and social support and cultural and enrichment experiences.

To qualify for the Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship, students must meet regular Virginia Tech admission standards and must qualify for the Federal Pell Grant. To apply, students must apply for admission to Virginia Tech before January 15, 2011, and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), at, as soon as possible after January 1, 2011. Students will be screened based on their Federal Pell Grant eligibility and the strength of their academic record and test scores. Students will be notified of their selection around April 1, 2011.

The benefits to students include:

Students who receive these scholarships have the following responsibilities:

The attached letter from Virginia Tech provides additional information. For further information about the Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship and additional information on grants, scholarships, and other types of financial support through Virginia Tech, we encourage you to visit, or contact Dr. Karen Eley Sanders, Associate Vice President for Academic Support Services at Virginia Tech by e-mail at, or by telephone at (540) 231-5499.



  1.  Introduction letter for the Virginia Tech Presidential Scholarship Initiative (PDF)