U.S. Department of Education names 161 high school seniors as presidential scholars
July 01, 2021
Despite dealing with educational challenges brought on by the pandemic, 161 high school seniors from across the country accomplished enough to be named U.S. Presidential Scholars.
In a U.S. Department of Education press release, Secretary Dr. Miguel Cardona said the 2021 Presidential Scholars represent "extraordinary achievements for our extraordinary times."
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually. According to the announcement, the students are selected based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 7,600 of the nation's top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2021 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer. A complete list of 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars follows and is also available at www.ed.gov/psp.