The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
from the U.S. Department of Education 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.
2022 Application/Nomination Form (State-Level Only)
Click here for the state-level application/nomination form.
The application is due December 1, 2021 at noon. Any Georgia high-school student may complete the application, provided they are scheduled to graduate between January 2022 and August 2022 and obtain signatures from their principal and school counselor.
Submission of a nomination form does not guarantee the student will be nominated for the federal program; Georgia is only permitted to nominate 20 students to the U.S. Department of Education. This nomination form is for Chief State School Officer (CSSO) recommendations for the general Presidential Scholar recognition; the CTE and Arts recognitions are handled separately and by invitation only.
For the general U.S. Presidential Scholar recognition, students must 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 507-931-8345 to ensure their scores are considered in the determination of the candidate pool);
- graduate or receive a diploma between January and August of 2022, 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 year window that begins in September, 2018 and runs through October, 2021, (for the recognition cycle concluding in June, 2022), nominated by their Chief State School Officer (CSSO) or nominated by one of the U.S. Department of Education's partner recognition organizations based on outstanding scholarship.