The Education Dept. (DoEd) has opened the nomination process for the expanded U.S. Presidential Scholars Program that will accept applications from students with outstanding scholarship and achievement in career and technical education. Previously, those students were not eligible.
In a letter to Chief State School Officers, DoEd announced that five students from each jurisdiction who demonstrate excellence in CTE will be allowed to enter the competition. Eligible high school seniors are those who are participants in a CTE program, are graduating between January and June of 2016, are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents, and who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, or are home-schooled. This year, all candidates who are nominated and submit complete applications will automatically become semifinalists.
The guiding principles for nominating students in the CTE category include academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills, and ingenuity and creativity. It is hoped that the application pool reflects the diversity of our nation’s CTE students and the economic sectors of U.S. economy.
For the 2016 class of U.S. Presidential Scholars in CTE, Chief State School Officers must submit their nominations by October 15. All 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC.