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 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

​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.

2023 Presidential Scholars -- Georgia

​Congratulations to the four Georgia students recognized as U.S. Presidential Scholars -- Sahil Sood, Jack Xu, Aira Dani and Michelle Li!

A complete list of 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates is available at ​

2025 Application/Nomination Form (State-Level Only)

The 2025 application/nomination forms are due November 1, 2024 by 5:00 p.m.

​Any Georgia high-school senior may complete the application, provided they are scheduled to graduate between January and August 2024 and obtain signatures from their principal, school counselor and a parent/guardian.

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 Broad Academic Achievement Presidential Scholar recognition; the CTE and Arts recognitions are handled separately and by invitation only.


​For the Broad Academic Achievement U.S. Presidential Scholar recognition, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • are U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents at the time of application (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 2025 (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 three-year window that begins in September 2021 and runs through October 2024, for the recognition cycle concluding in June 2025, 
  • 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.

 Contact Information

Arlecia Brooks
Excellence Recognitions​ Specialist​

 District & School Coordinators

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Complete Our Contact Form: Excellence ​Recognition Programs Coordinator​ 

Excellence Recognition
District Coordinator's Guide​

  • ​Georgia Scholar ​
  • U.S. Presidential Scholar
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 USPS Application

​​​U.S. Presidential Scholar

2025 Application Guidance Brochure

USPS Application

2025 USPS Application

The 2025 USPS nomination window opens September 2 and closes November 1 at 5:00 p.m.​

​​Verification​ Forms​

2024 Verification Forms​

Print the School and Parent/Guardian verification forms linked above. Obtain appropriate signatures and upload the signed forms to the student's application.