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For the 2012 program, the Presidentially-appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars initiated a pilot program to expand the nominee pool by inviting each Chief State School Officer (CSSO) to nominate two students from his or her state—one male and one female—based on their outstanding scholarship and promise of future success. For the 2013 program the request was expanded to six students, three males and three females, in order to explore ways to enhance, expand and create a deeper nominee pool, to better fulfill the mission of the Executive Order. For the 2015 program year they are expanding the nominations of up to ten students, five male and five female.
We encourage you to nominate a student who, while demonstrating outstanding scholarship, might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT or arts recognition processes. 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.
It may be helpful to consider the following questions as you contemplate the selection of your nominee:
1. What about the student makes him or her stand out as having outstanding scholarship?
2. What special challenges or hurdles has this student overcome while still achieving high academic success?
If you would like to nominate someone please submit a brief statement based on the information above to Lori Temple at firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Please include the nominees home address and the High School CEEB code.
All nominees will be added to the larger pool of nominees, announced and invited to apply in mid-January 2015. In addition it may be useful for you to know that the Commission on Presidential Scholars will be considering the following categories when reviewing applications.
• Involvement and Service (in school and community)
• Leadership and Character
• Writing samples
• Academic achievements
• Discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy work load, family responsibilities or obstacles overcome.
To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars please go to www.ed.gov/psp.
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