Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

The 2017-2018 Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is now available for Virginia public, private, and home-school high school students.  The objective of the program is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of two of Virginia’s best-known military figures, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
Eighteen scholarships will be awarded to Virginia high school juniors and seniors submitting outstanding original, analytical essays on any aspect, positive or negative, of the career, character, or legacy of General Robert E. Lee and/or General “Stonewall” Jackson.
Scholarship funding is available as follows:
  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted in each of the state’s eight public high school regions.
  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted by private and/or home-schooled students.  Participating private and home-schooled students will be judged together as a ninth region for the purpose of making scholarship awards.
  • An additional award of $8,000 will go to the single essay that is judged to be the most outstanding in the state.  Therefore, the winning essay will be awarded a total of $10,000.
A $1,000 award will be given to a school in each of the nine judging regions in the name of the high school teacher or advisor who sponsors the most participating students in that region.  Advisors must sponsor a minimum of 50 participating students to be eligible for this award.
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 2, 2018.
Each public high school principal should submit all on-time applications and essays received to the division superintendent.  Each superintendent should select the five best essays and forward the applications, essays, and the completed Division Superintendent Summary Form to the designated chair of the Regional Screening Committee listed on page 11 of the application.  The Regional Screening Committee should select three students to represent the region and rank them first, second, and an alternate and forward those essays, applications, the Regional Screening Committee Summary Form and each Division Superintendent Summary Form and mis-directed High School Summary Forms received to the Foundation.
Private school principals and home school parents/guardians should submit all on-time applications and essays directly to the Foundation for further review.
A Foundation-appointed judging panel will review the top-ranked essays from each of the eight public high school regions and the ninth private/home school region.  This panel will make the final determination as to which of these nine essays will merit the 2018 $10,000 L-JEF scholarship  All application instructions, selection procedures, and deadlines are listed in the application packet.  Winners will be announced May 15, 2018.
The L-JEF asks for your help to make students aware of this annual scholarship opportunity, and appreciates your help shepherding students’ essays through the application and review process.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stephanie Leech, Scholarship Program Coordinator for the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation, at leejacksonfoundation@yahoo.com.

Stephanie Leech
Lee Jackson Educational Foundation
PO Box 8121
Charlottesville, VA 22906


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