Honoring 50 Years of Student Successes Through the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

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The Class of 2014 is coming! 

This year’s Presidential Scholars will soon be arriving in Washington, D.C., for a National Recognition Program. They’ll receive medallions from Secretary Arne Duncan, visit the White House and U.S. Capitol, perform at the Kennedy Center, participate in discussions at Georgetown University, and even take in a few national monuments.

The Scholars will be sharing their experiences via social media, so be sure to follow #PSP14 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the latest!


The first class of Presidential Scholars in 1964. (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Alumni Association)

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by executive order of the President fifty years ago this month. The program recognizes and honors some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors and was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. Each year, 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.