Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the 141 U.S. Presidential Scholars Monday. The award goes to high school seniors who demonstrate "outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community."
The students will be honored in Washington, D.C. from June 18-21. Each student will bring one teacher that inspired or challenged him or her.
"The U.S. Presidential Scholars exemplify what dedication to achievement and setting high standards can symbolize for all youth," Duncan said in a statement. "The Department of Education congratulates these students on their artistic and academic accomplishments."
Each year, about 3,000 students—30 males and 30 females from each state, plus several from U.S. territories—are invited to apply based on their SAT or ACT scores. To apply, students are required to submit a transcript, teacher recommendations, and an essay.