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What is a Presidential Scholar?
What is a Presidential Scholar?
What is a Presidential Scholar?
Established in 1964 by executive order of President Lyndon B. Johnson, the Presidential Scholars program recognizes and honors some of the nation's most exceptional graduating high school seniors. The Presidential Scholars program is one of the most prestigious honors a graduating high school senior can receive. Each year, 161 students from around our country are selected for this honor. 
These students are recognized for their academic achievement, leadership, and contributions to their communities. Of the 161 students selected, up to 20 are chosen for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts program, which recognizes students who excel in the visual, creative, and performing arts.
To be eligible for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, a student must be a U.S. citizen, national or legal permanent resident, graduating from an accredited high school or home school education program, and have scored exceptionally well on either the SAT or ACT. 
Selection Process
Candidates for U.S. Presidential Scholars are nominated by their chief state school officer, or by a committee designated by that officer. Candidates then undergo a rigorous application process, which involves submitting essays, transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation. Then, finalists are selected by a committee of educational professionals appointed by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and the winners are chosen by the President of the United States.
Unique Opportunities
In addition to receiving the recognition and prestige that comes with being named a Presidential Scholar, recipients also have access to a number of unique opportunities. Many Presidential Scholars go on to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country, including Ivy League schools, public research universities, liberal arts colleges, and more. Some Presidential Scholars also receive scholarships or other forms of financial aid to help them pay for college.
Presidentials Scholars at American Heritage Schools
Every year American Heritage Schools produce more Presidential Scholars candidates than any other school in the State of Florida. Out of the over 400 students nominated in Florida, 23 students from the Class of 2023 (Broward Campus, 16 and Palm Beach Campus, 7) have been nominated for the Presidential Scholars award, making American Heritage Schools the No. 1 school in Florida for the highest number of Presidential Scholar candidates.
  • The Broward campus is the #1 school in Florida with the highest number of Presidential Scholar candidates
  • The Palm Beach Campus is the #1 school in Palm Beach county and #2 private school in Florida with the highest number of Presidential Scholar candidates
  • 11% of all Presidential Scholar Candidates in the state of Florida are from American Heritage Schools