The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.


Montana CTE Content Area Specialists will contact their MACTE divisions as well as the CTSOs and ask for a maximum of 5 nominees from each division that represent their top candidates for the award. The OPI Specialists will also send out information to the field on the process. The nominations from the field will go to the Montana OPI Content Area Specialists. The Specialist is responsible for determining, with their affiliate groups (teacher education group, applicable CTSOs, etc.) the process for which the top five candidates will be determined from their service area.



The nominations forms that include the above criteria are to be sent to via electronic format:

Agriculture Education– Eric Tilleman -

Business Education – Eric Swenson -

Family & Consumer Sciences Education– Gayla Randel -

Health Science Education – Jamie Corley -

Industrial Technology Education – Mike Houghton -