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General Information

Name Lee-Jackson Scholarship
Number of Awards 27
Award Value $1,000 - $10,000
Award Type Merit-Based Scholarship
Accept Applications
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Contact Information

Contact Lee-Jackson Foundation
P.O. Box 8121
Charlottesville, Virginia 22906
Phone (804)225-2600

Scholarship Description

The Lee-Jackson Foundation of Charlottesville was founded in 1953 by the late Jay W. Johns, a successful Pennsylvania industrialist transplanted to Virginia, who became a great admirer of Generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. He believed that both these Americans possessed distinguished traits of character that should be emulated by future generations.

Since both these Virginians were involved in education, the Foundation honors them by working to increase educational opportunities for Virginia's youth. The Foundation has traditionally focused on scholarships as the best vehicle to encourage high school students to continue their education, and sponsors an annual essay competition to make its awards. Scholarships are given for outstanding essays which demonstrate an appreciation of the exemplary character and soldierly virtues of Generals Lee and Jackson. Essays are judged with emphasis on historical accuracy, quality of research, and clarity of written expression.

Any junior or senior in a Virginia public or private high school or home school may apply. The student should not have received a Lee-Jackson scholarship in the past and must be a resident of Virginia who plans to attend an accredited four-year college or university in the United States as a full-time student. Students who intend to enroll in a community college must plan to enroll in the college transfer program of the community college. The contestant should demonstrate the natural ability to succeed in college and have a sincere desire to attend. Financial need is not a requirement.