[Curriculum Directors] ACTION: Call for 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Nominations

Collins, Jonathan Jonathan.Collins at schools.utah.gov
Wed Sep 5 15:43:09 MDT 2018

Curriculum Directors,

Please see the message below from Nathan Auck regarding the Presidential Scholars Application.


Jon Collins
Administrative Secretary
Diana Suddreth, Teaching and Learning Director
Utah State Board of Education
250 E 500 S | PO Box 144200  | Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200 |•: 801.538.7788 | 7: 801-538.7769 |• : jonathan.collins at schools.utah.gov<mailto:jonathan.collins at schools.utah.gov>
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From: Auck, Nathan
Subject: Call for 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Nominations

Dear School and District Leaders,

Presidential Scholars application season is upon us. Last year Utah had the highest awardee to statewide student population in the nation! Let’s continue Utah’s history of nominating some of the country’s most capable, scholarly and resilient students for this prestigious award!

Call for U.S. Presidential Scholars Applications

In 1964, The President established The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program<https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html> 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. The program was again extended in 2015 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.

We are requesting nominations<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1broo54_9VGW7JwUv7Nariqv9p701dkVv4OPHLv-Dotw/edit> for students from your jurisdiction as candidates for the 2019 program.  Unlike in previous years, we are asking you to nominate a total of two students: one student who has achieved the highest level of success in their academic scholarship and one student who has overcome substantial hurdles to excel in their educational pursuits.

10 males and 10 females will be nominated automatically from each state based on ACT scores. All states receive an additional 10 male and 10 female applications (which are the applications we’re calling for here). With this in mind, please consider nominating students for this opportunity who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, but who might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT, Arts, or CTE recognition processes.  All high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2019, who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible. The candidates will go through the application process honorees will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC.

It may be useful to know that the reviewers will be considering the following categories when evaluating the nominees at the semifinalist and Scholar evaluation levels:

  *   Involvement and Service (in school and community)
  *   Leadership and Character
  *   Writing samples
  *   Academic achievements
  *   Discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy workload, family responsibilities, or obstacles overcome

To nominate an outstanding student for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Award, please complete this Google Form<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1broo54_9VGW7JwUv7Nariqv9p701dkVv4OPHLv-Dotw/edit> no later than Wednesday, October 26, 2018. REMEMBER: Utah can only submit 20 nominees (10 young men and 10 young women). Accordingly, please enact an internal process for choosing the most qualified students from all high schools in each LEA, as we will not consider more than two students from each LEA. In addition, please read the specific criteria below to ensure the students you are nominating are eligible:

  *   Student is 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);

  *   Student will graduate or receive a diploma between January and August of 2019; and

  *   Student has scored 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, 2016 and runs through October, 2018, (for the recognition cycle concluding in June, 2019), nominated by their Chief State School Officer/one of our partner recognition organizations based on outstanding scholarship.

If you have any further questions about this nomination process, please don’t hesitate to contact me at the email address below. Thanks in advance for your time!


Nathan Auck
Early College/High School Mathematics Specialist
Utah State Board of Education
Nathan.Auck at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Nathan.Auck at schools.utah.gov>
250 East 500 South<https://maps.google.com/?q=250+East+500+South&entry=gmail&source=g>
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200

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