KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dobyns-Bennett High School senior Kendrick Tate has been named one of 4,500 candidates in the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, competing with top high school students nominated across the country. Kendrick is the son of Dr. Brian and Tonya Tate.
“The Presidential Scholars Award is one of the most distinguished awards a high school student can earn,” said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal, Dobyns-Bennett High School. “This recognition is most deserving, as Kendrick has invested significantly in developing his skills and abilities and working toward his academic goals. He is a very hard worker who is an outstanding representative of our school and community.”
Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the program recognizes and honors the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership, and service to school and community. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrated exceptional talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields. Annually, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
Application is by invitation only. Students are invited to apply based on their scores on the SAT or ACT exam or their nomination by a Chief State School Officer, the year of their graduation from high school, and whether they are U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents. Students who qualify will automatically receive applications. Applicants are narrowed to 600 semifinalists and then ultimately determined to be a recipient or not. Important milestones for remaining steps of the selection process include nominees completing the national Presidential Scholars application (February), semi-finalists being announced (April), and national winners being announced (May).
Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an all expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for National Recognition Weekend featuring various events, enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House sponsored ceremony. During their visit, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists, and other accomplished people.
For more information about the Presidential Scholars program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378.8409 or www.ed.gov/psp.