Thiele Seeks Presidential Scholar Program Nominations



Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele, Jr. has reached out to local high schools this week for nominations for the Presidential Scholars Program. The Presidential Scholars Program was established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 and recognizes high school seniors on the basis of outstanding scholarship.

In 2015, The State Education Department Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, will nominate 20 high school seniors – 10 females and 10 males – from New York to be considered for this honor. In making the selection, the Commissioner will consider involvement and service in school and community, leadership and character, writing samples, academic achievements, heavy workload, family responsibilities and extraordinary achievement or large hurdles overcome. The Education Department is also interested in nominations that describe how the student’s family, teachers, and administrators have better prepared him or her to succeed in college and career.

As a new component this year, in addition to those nominations, Commissioner Elia is asking for an additional student to be included as a candidate for recognition for excellence in Career and Technical Education (CTE).  She will nominate up to five students in CTE programs, considering academic rigor, technical competence, employability skills, as well as ingenuity creativity and real world problem solving.

Schools should submit a letter of nomination – no greater than two pages each – for one female and one male student as well as an additional CTE student candidates graduating between January and August of 2016 by September 25 to Assemblyman Fred Thiele, P.O. Box 3062, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 or by email at For more information about the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and the Commission on Presidential Scholars please visit: