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District Announces Availability of Robert C. Byrd Scholarship Applications

Applications are now being accepted for the 2011 Robert C. Byrd Scholarship. Graduating students who have been accepted to a college or university for attendance in the fall of 2011 are eligible for this four -year scholarship, according to a press release from St. Thomas-St. John School District Superintendent Jeanette Smith-Barry.
Annually administered by the Virgin Islands Department of Education, the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship program complies with section 419E of the Higher Education Act of 1965. As part of this program, five Byrd scholars receive awards of $1,500 per year, which can be renewed for a maximum of eight consecutive university or college semesters upon submission of required evidence showing maintenance of eligibility.
To be considered for the scholarship award a student must meet the following criteria:
  • Satisfactorily complete secondary school or GED requirements with a cumulative average of “C” or better
· Show evidence of enrollment at an institution of higher education
· Must have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and promise of continued academic achievement
Applications are available from guidance counselors at the various public and private high schools, the Office of the Commissioner of Education (located at 1834 Kongens Gade), the V.I. Board of Education (Seventh-day Street) the Curriculum Center in Anna’s Retreat, and are downloadable at www.doe.vi. Completed applications should be submitted to the Office of the Insular Superintendent no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1.
For further information, contact J. Nicole Smith-Thompson at 775-2250, ext. 8520.
The selection of students are made without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, age or disability with special efforts to make information and opportunity for full participation accessible to students from low and moderate income families.

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