2017 Scholarship Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Signal Grace Scholarship Contest! This is the fourth year of the Contest and every year has provided an array of stunning, thoughtful applications. This year, there were diverse entries from all over the nation, including essays, poems, short videos, illustrations, paintings, digital paintings, an orchestral composition, and even embroidery. It …

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2017 Fredericksburg Luminaria – Sat, May 27

On Saturday, May 27, 2017, the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts will light thousands of candles throughout the Fredericksburg National Cemetery in honor of fallen veterans. The family-friendly Fredericksburg Luminaria is one of the most beautiful displays in the Mid-Atlantic region – and it’s completely free! I’m delighted to help sponsor it again this year. Please …

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2016 Scholarship Awardees

  The 2016 Signal Grace $1,000 Scholarship Contest produced a diverse mix of entries from many talented students. Applicants embraced the new “Creative Expression” option this year and took it to the max in different directions. The broad array of submissions included essays, poems, digital paintings, a musical composition, journal entries, letters, sculptures, and other unique …

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2016 Fredericksburg Luminaria – Sat, May 28

  *PLEASE NOTE: This post was for the 2016 event. The details for the 2017 Luminaria are here.*  Every year on Memorial Day Weekend in Fredericksburg, VA, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts light over 15,000 candles (“luminaries”) on the hills of the Fredericksburg Battlefield and National Cemetery to honor American veterans. The annual Luminaria is …

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2015 Essay Contest: Grand Prize Winner

Congratulations to Marina Shkuratov, the Grand Prize Winner of this year’s Signal Grace $1,000 Scholarship Essay Contest. Over several evaluation rounds these last two months, judges considered and ranked essay submissions from students across the nation. Out of a field of talented students, Shkuratov’s essay stood out to the judges with its clear framework punctuated …

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CONGRATULATIONS

…to the winners of the 2014 Signal Grace Scholarship Essay Contest! The scholarship contest lasted three months, from Mar 1 – June 1. Many students submitted essays to compete for the $1,000 Grand Prize. Thank you, students, for sharing your excellent work. Due to the high quality of the finalists’ essays, in addition to awarding …

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19th Annual Fredericksburg Luminaria

I’m excited to help support the Luminaria in Fredericksburg, VA, this year! On Memorial Day weekend, the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will set up over 15,000 candles in the Fredericksburg battlefield’s National Cemetery. They light all of those memorial luminaries on Saturday evening (May 24) and it’s one of the most spectacular displays in …

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The “Signal Grace” Painting

A commissioned original from masterful Virginia artist Tricia Ratliff, this 2013 painting depicts a collection of historical and symbolic items related to the story of Signal Grace. For those familiar with the book, some of the meaningful elements of the legacy painting are listed below. (To see a larger image of the painting, just click …

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Signal Grace Awarded the Kirkus Star

Kirkus Reviews recently awarded Signal Grace the Kirkus Star, a distinction given “to books of exceptional merit.” Calling Signal Grace “a touching debut memoir” written in “graceful, readable prose”, Kirkus concluded that it is a “well-crafted, compelling account of how one confused little girl grew up and learned to live with her past by seeing …

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