Presidential Scholars
30 Jan 2019

Three CHS Seniors Selected As U.S. Presidential Scholars Program Candidates

Catholic High School seniors Grant Alumbaugh, Isaak Dawson and Jack Fuselier have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.

The program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.

Students can become Presidential Scholars based on three paths of accomplishment: academic achievement; artistic ability; and accomplishments in career and technical education fields. The selection of approximately 4,500 program candidates is made based on SAT and ACT scores. A review committee then evaluates those candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and an analysis of their essay. Approximately 600 candidates are named semifinalists and forwarded to the Commission for further review.

In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists and selects up to 161 students as U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

The Scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people. All scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in Washington, D.C.