A recent memo from New Jersey Commissioner of Education Lamont O. Repollet to school administrators invited districts to nominate graduating seniors for the 2019 United State Presidential Scholars program.  Nominations are due Sept. 27.

The Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to recognize some of the nation’s highest achieving graduating high school seniors.  Each year up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Students who have scored exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT college admissions tests are automatically considered for participation.  In addition, each state education department is permitted to nominate ten male and ten female candidates for the general outstanding scholarship component, as well as five students who demonstrate excellence in career and technical education.

Students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts are eligible for nomination through the YoungArts program.

Commissioner Repollet urged schools to nominate one male and one female graduating student for the general outstanding scholarship component, and one career and technical education (CTE) graduating student (any gender) for the CTE component.  Specific information on how to nominate a student is available in the NJDOE memo, which can be found here.

More information is available at the U. S. Department of Education Presidential Scholars webpage.

For questions, contact Tara Rider at (609) 376-9082 or via email at presscholars@doe.nj.gov.