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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
February 7, 2020

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals:

Essay and Visual Arts Scholarships to Raise Awareness of the Armenian Genocide

The California Armenian Legislative Caucus is holding two scholarship contests for the 2020 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in ninth through twelfth grade are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase greater awareness of the Armenian Genocide. The submission deadline for both contests is Monday, April 6, 2020.

All winners will be awarded scholarships and a trip to Sacramento to be acknowledged at the California Armenian Legislative Caucus’ annual Armenian Advocacy Day during a press conference on April 27, 2020. Winners will be contacted directly and announced to mainstream and Armenian media by the California Armenian Legislative Caucus on April 17, 2020. Original artwork will be requested from visual arts applicants if selected as a finalist for possible display in the California State Capitol. Scholarship awards are $1,000 for first place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place in each contest.

Instructions and criteria for the contests are in the news release available at Students may enter both contests, but submissions must be entered separately.

If you have any questions, please contact Dan Savage, Chief of Staff, Office of Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, at 916-319-2046 or


Tony Thurmond

State Superintendent of Public Instruction


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