For Immediate Release — April 20, 2010 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3268

ARLINGTON, VA — April 20, 2010 —  Three Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) students were among the more than 500 students selected as 2010 Presidential Scholars Program.
DoDEA’s semifinalists are:
Darren P. Eldredge, Vilseck High School
Paul K. Westland, Brussels High School
Nathaniel Wickham, Wiesbaden High School
DoDEA Director, Dr. Shirley Miles, recognized the DoDEA awardees, citing their hard work and efforts to be selected for this honor.
“Congratulations to all of our students on receiving this prestigious award.” Dr. Miles said. “Both the students and their families should be proud of this accomplishment. Their hardwork and dedication is reflected in this achievement and we are very honored to have these students represent DoDEA.”
The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by the executive order of the President and has recognized over 6,000 students to date. In 1979 the program was extended to also recognize exceptional talent in visual, creative or performing arts. The program awards 141 students with Presidential Scholar Awards each year. This is one of the Nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Students are Eligible to participate in the program if they are U.S. citizens and will graduate or receive a diploma between January and August of the current program year. They must also score exceptionally well on either the SAT or ACT during a two year window. Students must be invited to apply to the Presidential Scholars Program.
In order to choose the Presidential Scholars, the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all candidates chosen as semifinalists based on similar criteria used by the review committee. The Commission will select approximately 121 academic scholars and 20 arts scholars.
All scholars will be recognized in June during National Recognition Week in Washington, D.C. While they are in Washington they will meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, and scientists. The Scholars are awarded the Presidential Scholars medallion during a White House Ceremony.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.
For more information on the Presidential Scholars Program please visit: www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html