We cultivate, connect, and celebrate U.S. Presidential Scholars – past, present and future.
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
Dr. Jane Rigby (1996, DE) is a civil servant Astrophysicist at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Rigby serves as the Operations Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST).
Alvin W. Thompson is a United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
Kim Barker is a reporter on the investigations team at The New York Times.
Nasha Thomas oversees AileyCamps and designs the national outreach for Ailey’s Arts In Education & Community Programs department.
Rachel Moore is a 1982 YoungArts Winner in Dance & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. She is president and CEO of The Music Center, Los Angeles’ premier performing arts center.
Nadia Wolff is a 2016 YoungArts Winner in Design Arts and Visual Arts & U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Sharon Otterman has been a New York Times reporter since 2008, primarily covering education, religion and breaking news for the Metro desk.
Kathy Qian is the co-founder of Code for Democracy and recipient of the 2018 Seed Grant.
Leonard Earl Howze is an accomplished theater, film and television actor.
Thomas G. Tsao is President and Chairman of the Presidential Scholars Foundation.
Pat Grady is a partner at Sequoia Capital, which he joined in 2007.
Dr. Felice Kaufmann, who conducted the only longitudinal study on U.S. Presidential Scholars ever conceived, is a pioneer in the field of gifted education.
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.
June 21-24, 2019
Mandarin Oriental Hotel
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
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.
Meet notable Scholars and see photos and performances of U.S Presidential Scholars in the Arts.