the presidential scholars programthrough thirty-nine years...
2002 PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM2
he United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of thePresident, to recognize and honor some of our Nation’s most distinguished graduating high schoolseniors. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation’s high-est honors for high school students. In honoring the Presidential Scholars, the President of the Unit-ed States symbolically honors all graduating high school seniors of high potential.From President Lyndon Baines Johnson to George W. Bush, the Presidential Scholars Program hashonored more than 5,000 of our nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Initiat-ed by President Johnson, the Presidential Scholars Program annually selects one male and one femalestudent from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Americans living abroad, 15 at-largestudents, and up to 20 students in the arts on the basis of outstanding scholarship, service, leadershipand creativity through a rigorous selection and review process administered by the U.S. Departmentof Education.President Johnson opened the first meeting of the White House Commission on Presidential Schol-ars by stating that the Program was not just a reward for excellence, but a means of nourishing excel-lence. The Program was intended to stimulate achievement in a way that could be “revolutionary.”During the first National Recognition Week in 1964, the Scholars participated in seminars with Sec-retary of State Dan Rusk, Astronaut Alan B. Sheppard, and Chief Justice Earl Warren. President Johnson challenged the Scholars to give their talents and time “in our land and in all lands to clean-ing away the blight, to sweeping away the shoddiness, to wiping away the injustices and inequities of the past so that all men may live together in a great world community of decency and excellence.”