Presidential Scholarship

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International Presidential Scholarship

What Is The US Presidential Scholar?

The U.S. Presidential Scholarship Program is a recognition program. Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and are presented the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House, in commemoration of their achievements. During their visit to Washington, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people. Scholars are provided opportunities to: wrestle with issues that concern America and the world; attend recitals, receptions and ceremonies held in their honor; and visit area museums and monuments. But perhaps the greatest benefit to the Scholars, and the one they most often remark on, is the chance to exchange ideas with similarly motivated and accomplished peers, and to forge friendships that last a lifetime.

How much money is the Presidential Scholarship?

According to the U.S Department of Education, successful Presidential scholarship candidates received a reward of $24,320 – Full tuition (annually) a four year value .of $97,280.

How are U.S Presidential Scholars Chosen?

U.S Department of Education states that, students are nominated through their Chief State School Officer (CSSO). Each CSSO may nominate up to five candidates from their jurisdiction. The CSSO is the individual who heads each state education agency or state Department of Education.


If you will not have either U.S. citizenship or legal permanent U.S. residency by the application receipt deadline, you are not eligible for the program. If you were not a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent U.S. resident on the day you took the SAT or ACT exam, but you will be by the application deadline date, you must notify the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program of your change in status if you wish to be considered in the determination of the candidate pool.

I’m not graduating from high school this year.

If you will not receive a high school diploma between January 2021 and August 2021, you will not be eligible to participate in the 2021 program year.

I am a Candidate and I attend boarding school. Or, I am a Candidate and my mailing address and state of legal residence differ.

Please contact us so that we can verify that you have been identified as a Candidate from the correct state (your state of legal residence).

I am a Candidate and I live outside of the U.S. and its territories.

You will more than likely be identified as an “American Abroad.” Please contact us to ensure that you are classified correctly.

Presidential Scholarship Timeline/Deadline

Will everyone get a letter, or only those chosen as Semifinalists/Scholars?

Everyone we invite to apply, and who then submits an application for consideration, will be mailed a letter notifying them of their status. Semifinalists and non-Semifinalists will be notified in mid-April. Scholars and non-Scholars will be notified in May.

When will the names of Candidates/Semifinalists/Scholars be posted online?

The names of the 2021 Candidates will be posted after invitations are mailed in January 2021. The names of the Semifinalists will be posted in mid-April. The names of the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be posted in early May. We do not yet have exact dates for these postings.

Is National Recognition Program scheduled yet?

National Recognition Program is tentatively scheduled for June 27-29, 2021. However, these dates are subject to change and will be solidified after U.S. Presidential Scholars are announced.

How to apply for a presidential scholarship

To apply for the presidential scholarship kindly visit the official website to complete your application.

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