US Presidential Scholars Medallion

The Georgia Department of Education announced that applications are now available for state level U.S. Presidential Scholars. 

The 2023 application/nomination form will be due November 15, 2022.

Any Georgia high-school student may complete the application, provided they are scheduled to graduate between January 2023 and August 2023 and obtain signatures from their principal and school counselor.

Submission of a nomination form does not guarantee the student will be nominated for the federal program; Georgia is only permitted to nominate 20 students to the U.S. Department of Education. This nomination form is for Chief State School Officer (CSSO) recommendations for the general Presidential Scholar recognition; the CTE and Arts recognitions are handled separately and by invitation only.


For the general U.S. Presidential Scholar recognition, students must meet the following criteria: 

  • are or will be U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents by the application deadline (Students who were not U.S. citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents on the day they took SAT or ACT exam, or who requested that The College Board or ACT not release their scores to outside entities, should contact the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program at 507-931-8345 to ensure their scores are considered in the determination of the candidate pool);
  • graduate or receive a diploma between January and August of 2022, the current program year; and
  • score exceptionally well on either the SAT of the College Board or the ACT of the American College Testing Program, based on tests taken during the year window that begins in September, 2018 and runs through October, 2021, (for the recognition cycle concluding in June, 2022), nominated by their Chief State School Officer (CSSO) or nominated by one of the U.S. Department of Education's partner recognition organizations based on outstanding scholarship.

Click here to begin the application.  There are two forms that must be downloaded, signed by designated school personnel and guardians.  These signed documents must then be scanned and uploaded to the actual application form.  Click here to download School Signoff Form; Click here to download Parent/Guardian Signoff Form. The completed application is due by November 15, 2022.