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Presidential Scholars Program seeks Idaho students for nominations

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Presidential Scholars Program seeks Idaho students for nominations

By On Your Side Newsroom. CREATED Aug 4, 2014

BOISE – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna is asking the families of Idaho to nominate outstanding high school seniors for the 2015 Presidential Scholars Program.

The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson and has honored more than 6,500 students. The mission of the program is to recognize and honor superior high school seniors and thereby to encourage high attainment among all students. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is not a scholarship program but a recognition program. Students chosen will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

“We have many fine students in Idaho and this opportunity showcases their successes on a national level. I encourage anyone that knows an outstanding student to nominate them for this prestigious award,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna.

In 2014, two Idaho students were honored: Yoon Ji Ra from Boise High School and Dominick L. Shirley from Bishop Kelly High School. From this year’s qualified applicants, five male and five female finalists will be chosen to be evaluated by the U.S. Department of Education who will select one male and one female to represent the Gem State.

The program is designed to honor students who show academic excellence as demonstrated through the current SAT/ACT, while also demonstrating leadership, service, and persistence. All high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2015 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible.

Reviewers will be considering the following categories when evaluating nominees:

· Involvement and Service (in school and community)

· Leadership and Character

· Writing samples

· Academic achievements

· Discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy workload, family responsibilities, or obstacles overcome.

Please send the following for each nominee to Communications Specialist Brady W. Moore at bmoore@sde.idaho.gov:

· Name

· Home mailing address

· High school name, mailing address and CEEB code (Find your school’s CEEB code here.)

Nominations are due to the Idaho Department of Education before November 1, 2014. For more information contact Brady W. Moore at bmoore@sde.idaho.gov or visit: www.ed.gov/psp