Each year, 161 of the nation’s top high school graduates are chosen to be U.S. Presidential Scholars and are honored by the White House.  These Scholars go on to advance the arts, culture, business, education, and civic life of the nation.  We help them achieve their goals by connecting them to each other and supporting them throughout their careers.

Join Us on June 21-23, 2019
Celebrating 55 years of Presidential Scholars and 40 years of Presidential Scholars in the Arts
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Event Speakers and Special Guests

2019 Presidential Scholars Honorees

The 2019 Presidential Scholars Honors Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2019 honoring climate scientist Richard Alley (1976, OH), hematologist Katherine High (1968, NC), and dancer Desmond Richardson (1986, NY) with the Roosevelt Thompson Award and philanthropist Lin Arison with the Dr. Felice Kaufmann Award. This will be a highlight of our 2019 Anniversary weekend marking the 55th anniversary of the USPS Program and the 40th anniversary of the Presidential Scholars in the Arts. All anniversary celebration attendees will receive a ticket to the celebration dinner.

Event Schedule

June 21-24, 2019
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Preliminary Event Schedule

Friday, June 21, 2019
5pm - Registration
6pm- 9pm - Welcome Reception 

 Saturday, June 22, 2019
8am - Breakfast
9am - Welcome
9:30am - Keynote
10:45pm - Breakout Session 1
12:00pm - Lunch
1:45pm - Breakout Session 2
3:15pm - Breakout Session 3

 6:30pm - 2019 Presidential Scholars Honors Celebration

Sunday, June 23, 2019
9:30am - Brunch
10:00am - Dr. Felice Kaufmann
"Stories from the Rearview Mirror: Lessons We Can Learn from the Lives of Presidential Scholars" 
11:30am - Alumni Association Meeting

Monday, June 24, 2019
8pm - Salute to the 2019 US Presidential Scholars
Kennedy Center Concert Hall 

**Please note this is a tentative schedule, subject to change**

A room block at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel is available at a discounted rate for all event attendees.
Make your reservations soon. Space is limited.

Scholarships to attend the event are available. Apply before May 1st, 2019 for priority consideration.

Email Jamie with any questions.


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