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Lam chosen as candidate for U.S. Presidential Scholar

Austin V. Lam

The 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program recently selected Austin V. Lam of Long Beach as a candidate for the national award. Lam was one of eighty-six Mississippi students chosen as a candidate.

Students who have been selected as candidates have an opportunity to become a U.S. Presidential Scholar. The scholars represent excellence in education and the promise of greatness in young people.

All students who have made it to the candidacy level were mailed the necessary materials from the U.S. Department of Education to continue the next phase of the application process. The application process is a distinguished honor and by invitation only.

A national review committee of qualified individuals experienced in secondary and post-secondary education evaluates candidates on their academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and the quality and content of their essays. Semifinalists will be announced in April, and the final scholars list will be announced in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., pending COVID-19 guidelines, to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order of the President to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.

To view the complete list of candidates for Mississippi, or to find more information on the program, visit www.ed.gov/psp.

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