Thursday February 13, 2014
The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors.
Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students. Spencer Reed, a senior at the Vermont Commons School and South Burlington resident, has been selected as a candidate for the United States Presidential Scholars Program.
Each year candidates are identified for the academic component of the program based on having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or ACT. Approximately twenty females and twenty males are selected as candidates from each state, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and from families of U.S. Citizens living abroad.
In April, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists. The Commission selects up to 121 Academic Scholars and up to 20 Arts Scholars.