U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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Contact Information

Education Consultant
Madison Lacey
(307) 777-6840

The Wyoming Department of Education invites Wyoming high school and district employees to nominate graduating high school seniors to be nationally recognized during the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, as a Presidential Scholar. 

About the Program

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is one of the nation’s most distinguished recognition programs and honors available to high school seniors. Established in 1964, by executive order 11155 of  President Johnson, the program nationally recognizes students who exemplified outstanding scholarship and academic excellence.

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. Students are nominated through their state, and if selected invited to apply for the program by the U.S. Department of Education in late January.

Students who are selected as Presidential Scholars 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.

For additional information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, click here. 

Wyoming Nomination/Application Process

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. Nominations are made by Wyoming high school and district employees.

Wyoming’s nominations for the program’s 2022 selection will be open August 15 – November 1, 2022. 

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). To view Wyoming’s nomination information, click here.

The Wyoming nomination form for the 2023 U.S. The Presidential Scholars Program must be completed by November 1, 2022. Students who meet the qualifying requirements will be invited to apply by letter of invitation in January, from the U.S. Department of Education. The 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars National Recognition Program will be held June 28-30, 2023. 

To nominate a student scholar for the 2023 program, click here.

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U.S. Presidential Scholars