U.S. Presidential Scholars each year 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. ​Since its inception, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,000 of the nation's high performing students. During the National Recognition Program, scholars are flown to D.C. to receive a Presidential Medallion, which is given to honorees during the annual ceremony in Washington, D.C.


The performance is a celebration of all U.S. Presidential Scholars, and is co-presented by the National YoungArts Foundation, the Commission on the U.S. Presidential Scholars and the U.S. Department of Education.

A Salute to the 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars

June 19 | 8 PM | The Kennedy Center
A multidisciplinary performance directed by Tony Yazbeck
Event is FREE and open to the public with tickets.

Exhibition of Artwork + Writing

Hall of Nations
On view June 13 - June 30
Public Hours: 10 AM – Midnight

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts 
2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.

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