The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in the year 2014.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 50th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.
Over 3,000 candidates were selected for their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. In addition, each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) was invited to nominated three males and three female candidates, based on their outstanding scholarship, residing in the CSSO’s jurisdiction. Further consideration is based on students’ essays, self-assessments and descriptions of activities, school recommendations and school transcripts.
A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 560 semifinalists in early April.
The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the president will make final section of the scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.
Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities with their elected representatives, educators and other leading individuals in public life.
Augustine is the daughter of Dr. Mathai and Molly Augustine of Cleveland.
For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, call 319-688-4345 or email PSP@act.org.