What is the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program?
The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation's highest honors for high school students.
Application is by invitation only; therefore, students may not apply individually to the Program, nor may their schools nominate them.
U.S. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Commission during National Recognition Weekend and enjoy an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people.
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And, to search for past U.S. Presidential Scholars or Teacher Awardees, please visit the alumni page.