Scholars were nominated by YoungArts, a program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the names of the 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts. These Scholars were nominated by YoungArts, a program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA). For an artistically talented graduating high school senior, inclusion in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon them. The award is presented on behalf of the President of the United States, and selection is based upon academic, civic and artistic achievement. Each year, 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars are recognized, including up to 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
“The students who are chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts represent the nation’s best in the visual, literary and performing arts,” says Paul T. Lehr, YoungArts’ Executive Director. “Our rigorous program identifies the most talented and well-rounded candidates each year, and I am proud to see our organization play such an essential part in recognizing and developing America’s young artists and next generation of leaders.”