U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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Teacher Leadership & Awards Consultant
Madison Lacey
(307) 777-6840

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order from the President to recognize and honor our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in 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 (CTE) fields. 

Each year, up to 161 students are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Scholars selected will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June, where they will be presented with the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House in commemoration of their achievements. During their visit to Washington, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists, and other accomplished people. Scholars are provided opportunities to: wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions, and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit the area’s museums and monuments. 

Wyoming’s Selection Process

Each year the State of Wyoming nominates 10 male, and 10 female students for the general nomination, and an additional 5 students for the Career Technical Education (CTE) nomination. A qualified nominee is a high school senior who either exemplifies outstanding scholarship and academic excellence (General Nomination) or demonstrates mastery of Career and Technical Education (CTE). View eligibility for student nominations, here.  

Nominations are made by Wyoming High School or District employees (students can’t apply for the program themselves). The nominations are then shared with the national U.S. Presidential Scholars Program by December 1 from the Department. In January, students who meet the requirements are invited by letter of invitation to apply by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. In May, students selected as scholars will receive status notification from the U.S. Department of Education. In June the U.S. Presidential Scholars National Recognition Program will be held in Washington, D.C. 

Wyoming’s nomination form for the program’s 2025 selection will open August 19 – November 15, 2024.

United States Presidential Scholars Program Nomination Form

CEEB Code Link

Additional information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program can be found here.

Scholars for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program