NEW YORK, NY (May 12, 2022) – Isan Ritter, winner of the Young22Arts 2022 Award in Theater, c Fiarello H. La Guardia High School of Music, Arts and Performing Arts in New York, was named 2022 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts. The U.S. Presidential Scholarship Award, one of the nation’s highest awards for high school students representing artistic and academic excellence, leadership, and community service, is presented on behalf of the President of the United States and awards up to 161 high school graduates each year. This year marks the 58th anniversary of the U.S. Presidential Fellowship Program and the 43rd anniversary of the U.S. Presidential Fellowship in the Arts. The full list of U.S. Presidential Scholars in 2022 can be found here.
Ritter joins a renowned group of YoungArts laureates and alumni of the U.S. Presidential Fellows in the Arts, including Tony Award-nominated performer and choreographer Desmond Richardson; Rachel S. Moore, president of the Los Angeles Music Center; novelist and finalist of the National Book Prize Allegra Goodman; Violinist Jennifer Co., Grammy Award winner; Bravo Laureate of Work Abdi Farah; Actress, Obi Award winner Donna Lynn Champlin; and artist, songwriter and songwriter, awarded RCA Records and Grammy Award nominee Chris Young.
As part of the application process, US Presidential Scholarship candidates were asked to write about the high school teacher who most influenced their development. Little Cantilas of Fiorel H. LaGuardia High School Drama Studio was nominated by Isan Ritter. Cantilas is also recognized as an honored teacher of the President of the United States. A list of Honored Teachers of the President of the United States 2022 can be found here:
Students who would like to be considered as U.S. Presidential Fellows in the Arts in the future must first apply to the YoungArts Arts Competition.
“Our 2022 Presidential Fellows represent the best of America and remind us that if education is right and there are no limits to what our youth can achieve,” he said. US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona. “Today I join President Biden to celebrate a class of scholars whose pursuit of knowledge, generosity of spirit and exceptional talent brings great pride to our nation. During one of the most difficult periods in the history of our country and against the background of our recovery from the pandemic, our students have once again demonstrated their strength and the fact that they can bring a lot to our country. Thanks to them, I know that the future of America is bright. “
Lauren Snelling, artistic director of YoungArts, said: “U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts 2022 demonstrate both a commitment to academic achievement and a commitment to creativity in media encompassing the visual, literary and performing arts. YoungArts is incredibly proud to celebrate these young artists today and expand their innovative perspectives when they become the arbiters of our country’s cultural compass tomorrow. ”
BECOME US Presidential Scholars in the Arts
The first step to becoming a U.S. Presidential Fellow in the Arts is to apply to YoungArts, the agency that nominates the award. To be eligible for the YoungArts program, applicants must be aged 15-18 or in grades 10-12. To further consider a nomination as a U.S. Presidential Fellow in the Arts, applicants must be high school graduates and meet all of the requirements of U.S. Presidential Fellows. YoungArts Award winners who demonstrate excellence in performing, fine or literary arts are selected annually through a blind process. This year, 720 YoungArts winners have been selected. In January, 157 finalists from across the country were invited to YoungArts + National Week, where they took part in a week of intensive virtual classes and workshops with world-renowned artists.
National YoungArts Week + conducts additional evaluations of eligible participants, determines award levels, and nominates candidates for this year’s U.S. Presidential Arts Fellowship. After rigorous selection, YoungArts nominates 60 candidates for the invitation to apply for the U.S. Presidential Scholarship Program. Finally, the Commission on Presidential Scholars annually selects 20 U.S. Presidential Fellows in the Arts.
ABOUT US Presidential Scholars
In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s decree established the President’s Fellowship Program to recognize and honor the country’s best high school graduates. In 1979, the program was expanded to recognize students who demonstrated talent in the fine, creative, and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again expanded to recognize students who demonstrate abilities and achievements in careers and technical education.
Fellows are selected annually by the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars, appointed by the President, based on academic achievement, personal characteristics, leadership and service activities, and ability to write. This year, about 5,000 candidates qualified for the 2022 program, which is defined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams through nominations made by public school principals, or other partner recognition programs or YoungArts.
Since its inception, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has rewarded nearly 8,000 national students with high achievement. Each June, U.S. Presidential Fellows are honored for achievements during the National Recognition Program. In memory of their achievements, the scholarship recipients were awarded the Presidential Medallion.
The 161 U.S. Presidential Fellowship in 2022 consists of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as American families living abroad, and 15 elected at large, 20 Presidential Fellows U.S. in Arts and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education.
YoungArts was founded in 1981 by Lin and Ted Orisans to identify the most experienced young artists in the fine, literary and performing arts and provide them with opportunities for creative and professional development throughout their careers. Joining this prestigious organization begins with a very competitive application process for talented artists aged 15-18 or 10-12 in the United States. Applications are processed through a rigorous blind process by respected teams of artists across specific disciplines. All YoungArts laureates receive financial awards and the opportunity to study with such renowned artists as Debbie Allen, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Herman Barnes, Winton Marsalis, Salman Rushdie and Michelan Thomas. Winners of the YoungArts Award are also eligible for exclusive opportunities, including: a nomination as a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, one of the nation’s highest awards for high school students; a wide range of creative development support, including scholarships, residencies and awards; professional development programs offered in partnership with major institutions across the country; additional financial support; and access to YoungArts Post, a private online portal for YoungArts artists to connect, share their work and discover new opportunities.
Among the YoungArts award winners were Daniel Arsham, Terence Blanchard, Camille A. Brown, Timothy Shalame, Viola Davis, Amanda Gorman, Judith Hill, Jennifer Co., Turrell Alvin McCrane, Andrew Rennels Schans, Desmand. For more information, visit youngarts.org, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.