161 Students selected as 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars by U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona unveiled the 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars, honoring 161 high school seniors for their outstanding achievements in academics, the arts, and career and technical education realms.

“The 161 high school seniors chosen for the 60th edition of the U.S. Presidential Scholars exemplify the excellence of our nation’s schools and instill optimism in the promising future of this country,” expressed U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “On behalf of President Biden, I am thrilled to applaud their achievements and urge these scholars to continue striving for excellence, uplifting others, and seizing leadership opportunities.”

The selection of scholars for the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars occurs annually and is based on academic accomplishments, artistic excellence, and technical education prowess through essays, school assessments, transcripts, and a proven dedication to community service and leadership.

Out of the anticipated 3.7 million graduating high school students this year, more than 5,700 aspirants qualified for the 2024 awards, determined by exceptional performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or by nominations from chief state school officers, partner recognition organizations, and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.

In adherence to the Presidential Executive Order, the 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars consist of two students from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. families residing abroad, in addition to 15 at-large selections, 20 scholars in the arts, and 20 scholars in career and technical education.

Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has acknowledged over 8,200 of the nation’s highest-performing students. The program expanded in 1979 to honor students showcasing exceptional talent in the visual, literary, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was further extended to recognize students with skill and achievement in career and technical education fields. 2024 marks the program’s 60th anniversary.

The Presidential Scholars Class of 2024 will be honored for their remarkable accomplishments this summer through an online recognition program.

A comprehensive list of the 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars can be accessed at http://www.ed.gov/psp.

Scholars for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
May 2024

AL – Manav Aggarwal, Huntsville – Randolph School
AL – Samantha Si-Wai Chan, Madison – Bob Jones High School
*AL – Nalin J. Reed, Trussville – Alabama School of Fine Arts

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