Named Candidate in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program
Sarah Spaulding, a graduating senior at Hoggard High School,
has been named one of more than 3,000 candidates in the 2014
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The candidates were selected
from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S.
high schools in the year 2014.
Inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, now in its
50th year, is one of the highest honors bestowed upon graduating
high school seniors. Scholars are selected on the basis of
superior academics and artistic achievements, leadership
qualities, strong character and involvement in community and
school activities. Candidates are also selected based on
exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the
ACT assessment. In addition, each Chief State School Officer
(CSSO) was invited to nominate three male and three female
candidates in their jurisdiction, based on outstanding student
scholarship. Further consideration is based on students’ essays,
self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school
recommendations, and school transcripts.
The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in
May of 2014. Scholars will be invited to Washington, DC, for
several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars
Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events
and activities with their elected representatives, educators,
and other leading individuals in public life.
For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars
Program, parents and students can call the U.S. Presidential
Scholars Office at (319) 688-4345, or send an email to