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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
February 24, 2023

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

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

The California Armenian Legislative Caucus Foundation is holding two scholarship contests for the 2023 commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. California high school students in ninth through twelfth grades are invited to participate in an essay contest and/or a visual arts contest to increase awareness of the Armenian Genocide. The submission deadline for both contests is Friday, March 31, 2023.

All winners will be awarded scholarships and acknowledged at the Foundation’s Annual Armenian Advocacy Day. Winners will also receive special recognition from the Foundation’s members. Original artwork may be requested from visual arts finalists for 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 available on the Asbarez Newspaper web page at Students may enter both contests, but submissions must be entered separately.

For more information or a copy of the application, please email


Tony Thurmond
State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Last Reviewed: Monday, March 27, 2023

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