Virtual High School Announces 2009 College Scholarship Winners

Virtual High School’s second annual scholarship program distributes $2,000 to college bound seniors in Massachusetts, Nebraska & New Jersey.

Maynard, MA, June 05, 2009 --( Virtual High School Global Consortium (, the pioneer of online learning for high school students and course design for teachers, today announced the winners of their second annual scholarship program. Four high school seniors and Virtual High School (VHS) students who reside in Massachusetts, Nebraska and New Jersey will each receive $500 to use towards college expenses.

Kasey Bellegarde at Bellingham High School in Bellingham, Massachusetts, Karen Jantzen at Tri County High School in DeWitt, Nebraska, Vikacha Phiri at Chatham High School in Chatham, Massachusetts and Jason Ryan at Barnegat High School in Barnegat Township, New Jersey are the proud recipients.

The winners created and submitted essays that described how VHS online courses influenced their perspectives on education and that demonstrated an increased awareness of critical 21st century skills and the use of technology tools. The scholarship review committee included VHS staff members from each department who conducted an extensive and difficult evaluation process.

Virtual High School is a non-profit collaborative of high schools, teachers and students. Teachers who are certified in their specific discipline, and who have completed a VHS professional development program, facilitate and continually monitor all courses. In addition, VHS students benefit from small classes and personalized one-on-one attention from active high school teachers, while mastering subject matter and 21st century ICT (Information and Communication Technology) skills that will increase their chances for future success in higher education and the work environment.

“On behalf of the entire VHS staff we wish to congratulate these very creative and diligent students and wish them much success in their future endeavors in higher education and career pursuits,” said Liz Pape, President & CEO of VHS.


About Virtual High School (VHS)
Virtual High School is the pioneer of online course design and instruction for teachers and online education for high school students. Virtual High School partners with schools to provide rigorous, student-centered online courses that help expand vs. replace existing curriculum options. Members of the VHS collaborative include over 9,500 enrolled students, 419 member schools and 260 teachers in 28 states and 23 countries. The recipient of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2005 awards for Excellence in Programming and Excellence in Best Practices and the Stockholm Challenge2001 Award for exemplary use of technology in education, VHS was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Maynard, Massachusetts. For more information, visit or call (978) 897-1900.
Virtual High School Global Consortium (VHS)
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