The US Department of Education is accepting state nominees for the 2023 CTE Presidential Scholars Program, which recognizes excellence among students in career and technical education (CTE). Each state may nominate five students.

Pennsylvania schools with PDE-approved CTE programs and career and technical centers (CTCs) may nominate high school senior students enrolled in CTE programs. Candidates who are selected by PDE and have complete applications will be reviewed by a national committee of individuals experienced in career and technical education. The national committee will choose 60 applicants to be named as semifinalists. The 60 CTE semifinalist applications then will be reviewed by the Commission on Presidential Scholars. All 2023 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and will receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony held in their honor in Washington, DC.

Schools wishing to nominate CTE students must submit a nomination application by email to PDE by October 15, 2022. Schools with secondary PDE-approved CTE programs and CTCs should contact Lee Burket at for the nomination application package.

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