Student Named Candidate in Presidential Scholars Program
Fox Chapel Area High School senior Elizabeth Kaslewicz has been named a candidate in the 2019 United States Presidential Scholars Program. Approximately 4,500 students from across the U.S., and 99 from Pennsylvania, have been named candidates in this year’s program.
Inclusion in the Presidential Scholars Program, begun in 1964, is one of the nation’s highest honors bestowed upon graduating high school seniors. Students are initially selected for the program based on academic achievement and having scored exceptionally well on the SAT or the ACT. The candidates must then complete an application which includes essays, self-assessments, and secondary school reports and transcripts. Candidates are evaluated based on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essay.
About 600 students will be selected as Semifinalists in the program and then students chosen as Scholars will be notified this spring. Each year, up to 161 students are named U.S. Presidential Scholars. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June for an expenses-paid trip to meet with government officials, educators, and other accomplished people. They will also receive the Presidential Scholars medallion at a special recognition ceremony sponsored by the White House.