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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.


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 507-931-8345 to ensure their scores are considered in the determination of the candidate pool.);
  • graduate or receive a diploma between January and June of 2018, 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.


For the arts 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 2018, the current program year;
  • demonstrate academic achievement and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts; and
  • participate in the National YoungArts Foundation's nationwide YoungArts program.


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 2018, the current program year;
  • demonstrate academic achievement in career and technical programs; and
  • are nominated by their state's Chief State School Officer.


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). Interested individuals can have their counselor contact Keisha Ford-Jenrette.

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 Contact Information

 
​​Keisha Ford-Jenrette 
Program Manager 
kford@doe.k12.ga.us 
2062 Twin Towers East 
Atlanta, Georgia 30334 
Tel (404) 657-2949​​