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Nominate a Presidential Scholar by Sept. 30

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Iowa Department of Education is seeking nominations for outstanding high school seniors for the 2018-19 U.S. Presidential Scholars selection cycle. We encourage you to nominate students who, while demonstrating outstanding scholarship, might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT, arts, or CTE recognition processes. If you have an outstanding high school senior deserving of consideration, submit a nomination through the Department’s online Presidential Scholar Nomination Form by Sept 30.

Department Director Ryan Wise will select 25 students (10 males, 10 females, and 5 in the Career and Technical Education (CTE) category) to submit to the U.S. Presidential Scholar Program for consideration. The 2019 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. Reviewers will consider the following categories:

  • Involvement and service (in school and community)
  • Leadership and character
  • Writing samples
  • Academic achievements
  • Discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy workload, family responsibilities, or obstacles overcome.

The CTE component of the program will honor students on the basis of outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Reviewers will consider the following categories:

  • Mastery of technical skills
  • Strength in teamwork, decision-making, and problem-solving
  • Real world application

Specific information to be included in each nomination is described on the Department’s online 2019 General Component Presidential Scholar Nomination form (closed now), or the 2019 CTE Component Presidential Scholar nomination form (closed now). Nominations must be submitted no later than Sept. 30.

For questions regarding the nomination process, contact Deborah Darge at or 515-242-6176. Read more about the Presidential Scholars Program.

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