Awards & Scholarships
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Nominations for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, and High School Principals
Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D., Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
October 11, 2013
I am seeking nominations for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. All Massachusetts high school seniors graduating between January and August of 2014 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, who attend a Massachusetts public or private high school, as well as those who are homeless, are eligible.
Under the Executive Order establishing the Presidential Scholars Program, students are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship and promise of future success. For most of the program's existence, nominees have been invited to apply for the Presidential Scholars recognition based solely upon SAT and ACT scores or on their demonstrated ability and accomplishment in the visual and performing arts or creative writing. This year, the Presidentially-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars is expanding the nominee pool by inviting each Chief State School Officer to nominate up to six students, three male and three female, from his or her state. I encourage you to nominate students who, while demonstrating outstanding scholarship, might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT processes.
Each school may nominate one female student and one male student. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership; school and community involvement; and may receive discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy work load, family responsibilities, or obstacles overcome.
To nominate a student, please complete the attached 5-page nomination form and include a 1-2 page writing sample from each nominated student, and mail to Deborah J. Walker, DESE, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148 or email email@example.com or fax 781-338-3370.
To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on the Presidential Scholars, visit U.S. Presidential Scholars Program website.
An email will be sent to all nominators the week of December 2, 2013, announcing the selected students' districts.
Deadline for nominations is Friday, November 1, 2013.
2013-2014 Guidelines and Nomination
The purpose of the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is to recognize and honor superior high school seniors and thereby to encourage high attainment among all students' achievements by recognizing students who show promise of continued excellence.
Eligible Student: A high school senior who is a resident of Massachusetts; who will graduate from high school or have the recognized equivalent of a high school diploma between January and August 2014; who is a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; and who meets the selection criteria set forth in these guidelines.
Eligible High School: A Massachusetts public or private high school.
Selection Criteria: Each school may nominate one female student and one male student who, while demonstrating outstanding scholarship, might not otherwise be nominated through current SAT/ACT or arts recognition U.S. Presidential Scholars processes. Candidates should have demonstrated leadership; school and community involvement; and may receive discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy work load, family responsibilities, or obstacles overcome.
Selection Process: Each public and private Massachusetts high school may select one female and one male candidate from eligible seniors. The superintendent of schools, charter school leader, or private school director and high school principal shall nominate the candidates by signing the Individual School Form, which must accompany the recommended student nomination forms. The entire package is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
General Information: Staff of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will review all nominations and forward nominees to the Commissioner who will make the final selection. Nomination does not guarantee that the student will be selected as a U.S. Presidential Scholars recipient.
Due Date of Applications: The complete original Student Nomination Form for each nominee and the Individual School Form must be received by November 1, 2013. NO EXCEPTIONS. If faxing (781-338-3370) your nomination package, please send a notification email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If mailing the nomination package, please send to:
Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148