ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-00-085

Date Created : 03/03/2000


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
other: Secondary Counselors
* Private Schools

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   School Improvement and Professional Development - Ms. Janinne Riggs
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Margaret Crank

Phone Number:


The Department of Education is pleased to announce the application process for the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship Program for 2000-2001. Although the funding for this year's awards is not complete, it appears that a minimum of sixty-two (62) scholarships will be offered in the amount of $1,500 to Arkansas public and private school students graduating in 2000.

Scholarship recipients will be selected on a competitive application basis within each of the four congressional districts in the state. To qualify for a scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

1. Be a 2000 graduate of a public or private school or receive a recognized equivalent of a high school diploma;
2. be a resident of the State of Arkansas;
3. be admitted to an institution of higher education;
4. demonstrate outstanding academic achievement and show promise of
continued academic achievement.

Screening of applications for criteria for the above will be based on the following:

1. Superior academic proficiency as demonstrated by standardized test scores on the SAT and/or ACT or National Merit Scholarship;
2. high school grades with emphasis given to courses in chemistry, physics, advanced mathematics, foreign languages and other college prep courses;
3. leadership ability;
4. involvement in school and community activities including acquired skills and achievement outside the realm of the usual high school academic achievement;
5. high goals and aspirations that reflect the promise of continued academic achievement.

Program guidelines now require coordination of awards with other scholarships, grants and loans that may be received by the student. No awardee may collectively receive scholarship awards in excess of the total cost of a year's attendance. Prior to funding of the scholarship award, the program administrator will coordinate with the Financial Aid Office at the recipient's college or university. Students who already have full scholarship awards may not receive a Byrd Honors Scholarship.

Submit completed applications (with official grade transcript and teacher recommendation) postmarked not later than FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2000, or delivered to Room 107-A no later than MONDAY, APRIL 17, 2000 to:

Margaret Crank
Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
#4 State Capitol Mall - Room 107-A
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

*The Department of Education will be responsible for distribution to private schools.


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