Awards and Recognition

Vermont is home to countless teachers, principals, administrators, and support staff who help Vermont students to succeed. We support award programs that recognize great educators and schools. At times, we act as a liaison between the sponsors of award programs and the award recipients. We also recognize and support students in their educational effort and strides to excellence. 

Vermont Presidential Scholars Program

The Vermont Presidential Scholars Program is a statewide recognition of academic, service, and leadership excellence. Outstanding students from the state of Vermont are selected based on nominations from teachers and administrators. Students may also nominate themselves (with the endorsement of a qualifying adult).  High schools can nominate up to one female and one male in both the general and, for the first time, the Arts categories, and CTE centers can nominate up to two students.  Selection committees will identify 10 male and 10 female students in the general nomination process, 5 in the Arts students, and 5 CTE students. Deadline for submissions is November 7, 2018 at 8:00AM.  

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

The 25 Vermont Presidential Scholars will be invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which recognizes some of the country’s most distinguished high school seniors. The program honors students who show exceptional academic achievement, talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students. Learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. During this pilot year of recognition in the Arts, the Vermont nominees will not automatically be sent on the national pool through YoungArts. The YoungArts competition includes ten disciplines across the visual, literary, design and performing arts. Learn more information about the national program.

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Secretary Daniel M. French
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Barre, VT 05641

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