CONROE, TEXAS (May 10, 2023) – The Woodlands College Park High School seniors Zhuo Qi Chen and Siddhu Pachipala were selected to the 59th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, announced today by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.
Out of 161 overall honorees nationwide and only five from Texas, it is a significant accomplishment for two from the same campus to earn the distinction.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.
Of the 3.7 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2023 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and YoungArts, the National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists.
As directed by Presidential Executive Order, the 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 scholars in the arts and 20 scholars in career and technical education.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored over 8,000 of the nation’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
The Presidential Scholars Class of 2023 will be honored for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program.
A complete list of 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars follows and is also available at http://www.ed.gov/psp.