Donald Venus, a graduating senior at Revere High School, has been named one of approximately 3,000 candidates in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
The candidates were selected from nearly 3.4 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2013.
Scholars are chosen on the basis of their accomplishments in many areas, including academic and artistic success, leadership and involvement in the school and community.
The Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors. In 1979, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts.
Each year, up to 121 students are chosen to become Presidential Academic Scholars and 20 are chosen Presidential Arts Scholars. Each year, 3,000 candidates are identified based on having scored exceptionally well on the College Board SAT or the ACT assessment. In April, 500 semifinalists will be selected with Scholars listed in early May.
Those chosen to be Scholars will be invited to National Recognition Week in Washington, DC which will culminate with the presentation of the Presidential Scholars medallion during a ceremony sponsored by the White House.