Local Student Named for Nat’l Scholar Program

Courtesy photo    Carlin Shannon could be selected to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion (shown at lower left) at a ceremony in June.

Carlin Shannon, a graduating senior at Encinal High School, has been named one of more than 4,500 candidates in the 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected from nearly 3.6 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools this year.

Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its 54th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating high-school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievements, leadership qualities, strong character and involvement in community and school activities.

The program was established in 1964 by executive order of the president to recognize the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in many areas. Annually, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from among that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. 

All scholars are invited to Washington, D.C., each June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various events and enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony.

A distinguished panel of educators reviews the submissions and selects 600 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 eminent citizens appointed by the president, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.

For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, call the U.S. Presidential Scholars Office at (507) 931-8345 or email PSP@scholarshipamerica.org.