U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Purpose

The U.S. 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. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

For more information, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html

2015-2016 U.S Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Program
President Obama recently amended the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program to include recognition for excellence among students in career and technical education. In addition to general academic candidates, up to 161 nominees in career and technical education will be honored.

Eligibility

For the general component of the program, students who meet the following criteria:

  • are or will be U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents by the application deadline (Students who were not U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents on the day they took SAT or ACT exam, or who requested that The College Board or ACT not release their scores to outside entities, should contact the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program at (319) 688-4345 to ensure their scores are considered in the determination of the candidate pool.);
  • graduate or receive a diploma between January and August of 2016, the current program year; and
  • score exceptionally well on either the SAT of the College Board or the ACT of the American College Testing Program, based on tests taken during the two-year window that begins in September, 2013 and runs through October, 2015, (for the recognition cycle concluding in June, 2016), nominated by their Chief State School Officer (CSSO) or nominated by one of our partner recognition organizations based on outstanding scholarship.

For the CTE component of the program, students who meet the following criteria:

  • Are or will be U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents by the application deadline;
  • Graduate or receive a diploma between January and August of 2016, the current program year;
  • Demonstrate academic achievement in career and technical programs; and
  • Are nominated by their state’s Chief State School Officer.

CTE Criteria for Candidate Identification and Nomination

Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is by invitation only. Students may not apply individually to the program or be nominated (outside of the above process).

2015-2016 Application

US Presidential Scholar Program – word application
US Presidential Scholar Program – PDF Fillable application

CTE US Presidential Scholar Program – word application
CTE US Presidential Scholar Program – PDF Fillable application

What is the CEEB?  The College Entrance Examination Board Number refers to a 6-digit code that is assigned to each high school, which identifies it to colleges and universities. This is one item that is required to be submitted to the federal office. You may be able to search for your CEEB code at http://www.suny.edu/attend/ceeb-codes/search_highschool.

Deadlines

US Presidential Scholar Program – Friday, October 2, 2015
CTE US Presidential Scholar Program – Friday, September 18, 2015

Contact Information

US Presidential Scholar Program CTE US Presidential Scholar Program
Arizona Department of Education
Program Coordinator – Sarah Accardi
U.S. Presidential Scholars Office
1535 W. Jefferson, Bin #2
Phoenix, AZ  85007
602.362.1972 – Phone
602.364.1532 – Fax
Sarah.accardi@azed.gov – Email
Arizona Department of Education
Program Coordinator – Jeanne Roberts
U.S. Presidential Scholars Office
3300 N. Central Ave. Bin #42
Phoenix, AZ  85012
602.364.2211 – Phone
602.542.5334 – Fax
jeanne.roberts@azed.gov – Email