New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. this week announced he is seeking nominations from local high schools for the Presidential Scholars program, which has recognized outstanding students since 1964 when then-President Lyndon Johnson created the program. The state is also seeking nominations of students who excel in career and technical education for an additional award.
The State Education Department will select 20 students, 10 boys and 10 girls, for the Presidential Scholars Program, and it will select five career and technical students for that particular award. Students must be members of the graduating class of 2021 in January or June, and must be legal United States citizens or legal permanent residents.
“As you contemplate the selection of your nominees, it may be helpful to consider what attributes the student possesses which make him or her stand out as having outstanding scholarship and what special challenges or obstacles the student has overcome while still achieving high academic success,” Mr. Thiele said in an announcement.
He said the State Education Department will consider students’ community service, leadership, responsibilities, academics, and/or “large hurdles overcome.”
Letters of nomination from teachers or administrators should be no longer than two pages each, and must be sent to Mr. Thiele by Oct. 26. Students’ contact information and gender should be indicated in the letter, along with the school’s mailing address. Mr. Thiele can be reached by email at [email protected] and by mail at 3350 Noyac Road, Building B, Sag Harbor 11963.