The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 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. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Scholars selected for the program year 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.
Each year the State of Wyoming has the opportunity to nominate up to 10 male, and 10 female students for the General Nomination, and 5 students for the Career Technical Education (CTE) nomination to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
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.
Wyoming’s nomination form for the program’s 2024 selection will open August 21 – November 15, 2023
Nominations must be made by a Wyoming High School or District employee. Students cannot apply for the program themselves.
2024 Program Timeline
The Wyoming nomination form must be completed by November 15, 2022 by 12:00 p.m. In January, students who meet the qualifying requirements will be invited to apply by “Letter of invitation” from the U.S. Department of Education. In May, students selected as scholars will receive a letter notifying them from the U.S. Department of Education. In June (28-30), 2024 the 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars National Recognition Program will be held in Washington, D.C.
Additional information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program can be found here.
Scholars for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program