Baylor seniors Jackson Collette (pictured, left) and Ryker von Klar (right) have been selected as candidates for a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholars Award. Both students are National Merit semifinalists and von Klar was recognized for scoring a perfect score of 36 on the ACT this past year.
The selection of some 4,000 program candidates is based on SAT and ACT scores. In April, a commission reviews the applications and selects up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars each year. Chosen scholars are honored for their accomplishments during the National Recognition Program, held in June in Washington, D.C., and will be awarded the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
Established in 1964, the United States Presidential Scholars Program recognizes and honors some of the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to include students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts and, in 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Application for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program is by invitation only. Students may not apply individually to the program or be nominated outside of this process.
Since 2003 (the earliest records available), 19 previous Baylor seniors have been selected as candidates, seven were named semifinalists, and two have been chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars. Those students are listed below.
- Mimi Allison '15
- Ashley Augustine '14
- Tyler Blackmon '12 (semifinalist)
- Johnathan Bowes '11
- Matthew Chen '12
- Chelsea Dommert '08
- Nathaniel Duvall '05
- C. J. Enloe '09
- Anton Fleissner '08 (semifinalist)
- Matthew Hartje '07
- Megan Huntsinger '12 (U.S. Presidential Scholar)
- Lauren Johnson '13 (semifinalist)
- Matthew Johnson '13
- Connor King '12
- Rachel Mathis '04 (semifinalist)
- Adam Rogers '03 (semifinalist)
- Leah Schulson '10
- Michael Schulson '08 (U.S. Presidential Scholar)
- Alex Silvey '10