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Nominees Sought For Presidential Scholars Program

Senator Terrence Murphy is looking for two presidential scholars from his district.
Senator Terrence Murphy is looking for two presidential scholars from his district. Photo Credit: Contributed

Are you a high school senior at the top of your class?

The state is looking for two high school seniors, one male and one female from the 40th Senate District for the Presidential Scholars Program.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program honors the nation's most accomplished high school seniors on the basis of outstanding scholarship. Each year, the State Education Department nominates ten male and ten female students statewide to be considered for recognition.

Schools interested in nominating students should send background information to Senator Terrence Murphy's district office by Fri., October 27.

Eligible high school students must graduate between January and June 2018 and be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents.

The criteria for consideration can include the qualities that make that particular student stand out among his or her peers, as well as what special challenges the student has overcome on their path to achieving academic excellence.

Other factors to consider are the student's character, leadership qualities, family responsibilities, involvement in school or community activities, and how their teachers have prepared them to succeed in college.

Writing samples may also be submitted for consideration.  Letters to Senator Murphy must include the student's name, gender, home mailing address, email address, and what high school they attend.

"I am looking to nominate students who have displayed extraordinary academic success, artistic excellence or have shown exceptional career skills," Senator Murphy said. "I am certain our nominees will proudly represent the 40th Senate District in this notable national program."

Students selected by the Commissioner of Education will be invited to apply in Jan. 2018 by a letter from the Commission on Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education. Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June and the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.

For more information contact Senator Murphy's District Office at 914-962-2624.

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