Scholarships give students access to opportunities beyond their classroom experiences - and further their learning.
RIDE operates as a state coordinator for the scholarships below.
The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 55th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 4 – 11, 2017. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
For more information, please visit: http://ussenateyouth.org/
To view the 2016-2017 Program Brochure, please click here.
How to Qualify
How to Apply
In order to receive the $10,000 scholarship:
Students must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for this scholarship and program:
Detailed information on application and eligibility and program participation rules can be found on the USSYP site.
Completed applications and all supporting additional documents must be postmarked (via mail) or received (via email or hand delivery) by 9:00am on Monday, October 24, 2016.
Mail or hand deliver to:
Colleen Brophy, USSYP Coordinator
Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE)
255 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02903
Email to: Colleen.Brophy@ride.ri.gov
We are seeking from all Rhode Island high schools nominations of students to be named as 2017 Presidential Scholars. We encourage you to work with your high-school principals and to select one male student and one female student from each high school as your nominees for this award.
The criteria as set forth by the U.S. Department of Education are as follows.
We encourage you to nominate students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship but who might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT, Arts, or CTE recognition processes. All high-school seniors graduating between January and June of 2016 who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible. The candidates will go through the application process, and, as in the past, the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, D.C.
It may be helpful to consider the following questions as you contemplate the selection of your nominees:
In addition, it may be useful for you to know that the reviewers will be considering the following categories when evaluating the nominees at the semifinalist and Scholar evaluation levels:
Each student you nominate should prepare an application that includes:
Please also submit this information for each student you nominate:
We remind you that this last point is particularly important to this nomination process, as these nominations will recognize students who would not be considered for this award based solely on their academic achievement.
Either you or your high-school principal(s) will be our contact in this process. We ask either you or your principals (not the nominated students) to submit your nominations to Lauren McCarthy (firstname.lastname@example.org) by October 14.
From nominations we receive, we will select up to 20 nominees from Rhode Island (up to 10 male students, 10 female students). We will notify you when we have submitted nominations to the Presidential Scholars Commission, but you will not hear further from us on the nominations.
The Commission will select finalists early next year, and Scholars will be announced in the spring. Scholars will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
For more information about the program, see: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html.
The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964, and, since that time, the program has honored more than over 7,000 outstanding high school seniors. The mission of the program is to recognize and honor outstanding high school seniors, and thereby encourage high attainment among all students.
Last year President Obama amended the program by adding a new component – recognition for excellence among students in career and technical education and, once again, I am excited to announce that – with your help – the U. S. Commission on Presidential Scholars will be honoring up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the 2016 program year, including 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education (CTE).
Per the original Executive Order establishing the program, students are selected on the basis of outstanding scholarship. For most of the program’s existence, nominees have been invited to apply for Presidential Scholars recognition based upon SAT or ACT scores. As the program has grown, Scholars candidates have been invited to apply in other ways as well. Beginning in 1979, outstanding students who demonstrated ability and accomplishment in the visual and performing arts or creative writing were added to the program. Since 2013, Chief State School Officers have been invited to nominate candidates from their states. And now, outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in career and technical education are included for Presidential Scholar recognition.
Again, Dr. Ken Wagner, Commissioner of the Rhode Island Department invites you to participate in the process by recommending one outstanding CTE student from your center or high school. A committee of knowledgeable educators will review all recommendations and forward the names of five students to the Commissioner. Thereafter, the Commissioner will nominate up to five (5) Rhode Island CTE students to the U. S. Commission on Presidential Scholars for consideration for national recognition. The Commission on Presidential Scholars will notify each nominee of their selection and invite them to complete the full application.
It may be helpful to consider the following questions as you contemplate the selection of your recommendation:
In addition, it may be useful for you to know that the national level reviewers will be considering the following categories when evaluating the nominees at the semifinalist and Scholar evaluation levels:
All high school seniors who are concentrators in a career and technical education (CTE) program of study graduating between January and June of 2017, who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible. The CTE selection process will evolve over time, but for the 2016-17 class of scholars, candidates who are nominated and choose to apply, and whose applications are complete, will automatically become semifinalists. All 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC.
To learn more about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars, please visit the Commission Web site at: www.ed.gov/psp.
Please complete and return the recommendation form for the CTE student representing your school to RIDE c/o: Sonya.Barbosa@ride.ri.gov by COB – FRIDAY, September 30, 2016. Address all questions to Vanessa Cooley at 222-8438.
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