The New Jersey Department of Education invites New Jersey school districts to nominate graduating seniors for the United States Presidential Scholars Program, according to an advisory.

Since 1964, the program has recognized some of the nation’s top-performing students with a prestigious award presented to honorees during an annual ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The United States Presidential Scholars Program has historically invited student nominees to apply based upon performance on the SAT/ACT, as well as in the arts. Since 2012, the United States Presidential Scholars program has expanded to allow each state’s chief state school officer to nominate to the U.S. Department of Education 10 male candidates and 10 female candidates from their state who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, but who might not otherwise be nominated through the SAT/ACT and arts recognition processes. In addition to these general nominations, each state’s chief state school officer is asked to nominate five additional students who demonstrate excellence in CTE.

Nominations should be submitted for one male and one female graduating senior for the general outstanding scholarship component, and one Career and Technical Education graduating student (any gender) for the CTE component. The deadline is Dec. 2, 2022.

A panel assembled by the NJDOE will review nominee packages. The NJDOE will submit to the U.S. Department of Education up to 10 male and 10 female nominees in the general component, and up to five additional students in the CTE component. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the students who are invited to apply for consideration as a Presidential Scholar in mid-January 2023 and will provide information regarding its application process.

Learn more about eligibility requirements, evaluation criteria and nomination procedures by referring to the full advisory.

Visit the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars websites for more information.

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