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May 07, 2012
YoungArts, the core program of Guild member the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts, has announced twenty students to be named the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts (PSA). Being named a U.S. Presidential Scholar is the highest scholastic honor available to graduating high school seniors. Only participants in the YoungArts program are eligible to receive the PSA designation. YoungArts serves as the exclusive nominating agency for PSA.
Each year, a group of 60 PSA nominees are selected from 150 YoungArts Finalists. From these, 20 winners are chosen by the White House appointed Commission on Presidential Scholars and named U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, alongside 121 other scholars at a White House ceremony. In addition, visual artists to receive this distinction present their work in an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the performing artists perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.
YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts (NFAA), recognizes and supports America's most talented high school artists in the visual, literary and performing arts. NFAA's mission is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American society. NFAA is also the sole nominating agency for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts, the highest award a high school senior can receive for academic, civic and artistic excellence. In 2011, the YoungArts program celebrates 30 years of discovering excellence in the arts!
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