Delbarton has two candidates for the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program: Alexander Luo '19 and Joshua Ryan '19.
Established 1964, the United States Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of our country's most academically gifted graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the Program began to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the arts, and in 2015, the program added a special category for students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
Each year, up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars, which makes it one of the Nation's outstanding honors for high school students. Approximately 4,000 of the original program candidates like Alex and Josh make the first round based on SAT and ACT scores. The candidates are culled from over 37,000 high schools and the pool of 3.6 million American students who are expected to graduate from high school in 2018-19.
Application is by invitation only. The next step for Alex and Josh is a committee review of their academic achievements, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their personal essays. Approximately 800 candidates are named semifinalists. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications and, annually, selects up to 161 U.S Presidential Scholars. All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, hosted in June in Washington, D.C. Presidential Scholars are guests of the Commission during the National Recognition Program and enjoy an expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with government officials and educators. To commemorate their achievement, the Scholars are awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
For over 50 years, this unique federal program has honored over 7,000 U.S. Presidential Scholars, who demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and contribution to school and community. Delbarton salutes Alex and Josh for making it to the first round, and we wish them good luck as they navigate the next stage of the Presidential Scholar process.