A Harmony School of Innovation – Sugar Land senior, Anjali Agrawal has been named one of more than 4,000 applicants for the 2022 US Presidential Scholarship Program. Applicants were selected from nearly 3.6 million students who are expected to graduate from US high schools in 2022.
Inclusion in the United States Presidential Scholars Program is one of the highest honors awarded to high school graduates. Scholars are selected on the basis of superior academic and artistic achievement, leadership qualities, strong character, and involvement in community and school activities. Agrawal scored 1590 on her SAT and is heavily involved in extracurricular activities. She founded the Stop Organizing Canned Foods raise public awareness of the adverse health effects of canned food consumption and promote alternatives. Agrawal is also Vice President of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and Secretary of HOSA – Future Health Professionals at Harmony School of Fine Arts & Technology and is a member of the National Honor Society and the National English Honor Society.
“Being nominated for the Presidential Fellowship encourages me to value hard work, perseverance and self-belief. These are values that will stay with me for the rest of my life. When I learned of this nomination, the first person I thought to warn was my sister. My sister, who always encourages me, reminds me that this nomination would not be possible without her support. Just as my sister defended me, I would like to give back this same support to my community and defend our society,” said Anjali Agrawal, senior of the Harmony School of Innovation.
The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 by Executive Order to recognize some of our country’s most distinguished graduates for their achievements in many areas: academic achievement, leadership, and service to school and community. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students demonstrating outstanding scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. In 2015, the program was expanded once again to recognize students who demonstrate ability and achievement in professional and technical fields. Each year, up to 161 U.S. Presidential Scholars are chosen from that year’s senior class, representing excellence in education and the promise of greatness in America’s youth. Circumstances permitting, all Fellows are invited to Washington, D.C. in June for the National Recognition Program, featuring various enrichment events and activities and culminating in the presentation of the Fellows Presidential Medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select approximately 600 semi-finalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of up to 32 prominent citizens appointed by the president, will select the finalists, and the U.S. Department of Education will announce the scholars in May.
Circumstances permitting, Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., for several days in June to receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in events and activities.
Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year for both students and Members of the team.