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February 6, 2023


Dear ESOL Contact and School Counselor,


The Virginia EL Supervisors’ Association is proud to be able to offer scholarships to English Learners who are planning to continue their studies at a college, university, community college, or work-force training program. 


The VESA Scholarship Application form is attached. You may duplicate the application as necessary. Please encourage your EL teachers and school counselors to assist students in gathering the required documents so that all applications will be complete at the time of mailing. Incomplete application packets will not be considered. 


The deadline for all applications is April 28, 2023.


The following criteria will be used for scholarship consideration:

  • Enrolled in an ESL program for at least one year in grades 6-12 in a Virginia public school. (Current ELs preferred)

  • Enrolled in 12th grade at the time of application

  • Financial need

  • We weigh decisions heavily based on the “story” the student shares in their essay


Please note the importance of a local contact person taking the time to assist the student in completing ALL sections of the application. Due to the large number of applicants last year, the committee will not be able to personally follow up on sections of the application that are missing.


We hope to be able to announce the names of the scholarship winners no later than May 30, 2023.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (540) 667-4253, Ext. 12125 or via email at




Kimberly Peterson

English Learner Program Coordinator

Winchester Public Schools

598 N Kent Street

Winchester, Virginia 22601

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