2018 Presidential Scholars

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the 54th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career and technical education fields.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

Of the 3.6 million students that graduated from high school in 2018, more than 5,200 candidates qualified for this honor.  The 2018 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.

The 2018 annual ceremony will be held on June 24 in Washington, DC when each honoree will receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.

Three students honored were from health science education and are HOSA members. They are:

Veena Thamilselvan, a senior at Harrison High School from Farmington Hills, Michigan, has been accepted to Johns Hopkins University this coming fall.  She is hoping to one day join the Doctors Without Borders program. 

Lydia Day, from Orem, UT and a senior from Timpanogos High School, has been accepted to attend Brigham Young University - Provo in the fall. Lydia is unsure of her major but plans to eventually go to medical school and become a surgeon. She would love to work for the Doctors Without Borders organization someday.  Lydia shared that she couldn't have come so far without HOSA - Future Health Professionals. “As a three-year member of HOSA and as the Utah HOSA Service Vice President, I learned so much - not only about the health care profession, but also about interpersonal relationships and balancing my many responsibilities as a student, HOSA State Officer, friend, family member, and citizen. The most important lesson I've learned is summarized by this quote from Steve Jobs: ‘The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.’ Thank you to HOSA, my HOSA advisors, my fellow HOSA student leaders, and to my family!”

Riley Lewis, from Salem Hills High School, in Utah, will be serving a two-year religious service mission for the LDS church in Japan. He will then attend Brigham Young University as a Daniels Scholar where he will study biology and plans become a surgeon.