Lucas Wozniak, an entering student in the Department of Film and Media Arts, has been named one of 565 semifinalists, and one of only seventeen in Pennsylvania, in the 2015 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The semifinalists were selected from more than 4,300 candidates on the basis of superior achievements, leadership qualities, personal character, and involvement in community and school activities.
The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President. In 1979, the Program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Each year, up to 141 students are named as U.S. Presidential Scholars, one of the Nation’s highest honors for high school students.
Wozniak is a graduating senior at Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, PA. He is also a National Merit Finalist, a National AP Scholar, and an Eagle Scout from St. Timothy’s Troop 296. On why he chose Temple’s Film and Media Arts Department, Wozniak stated: “Temple emphasizes independent productions with a focus on finding the filmmaker’s own voice. After touring the school and meeting with faculty and current students, I knew I found the program for me.”
Final selection of the Scholars will be made by the Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of eminent citizens appointed by the President, and will be announced in May. Scholars will be invited to Washington, D.C., in June to receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a recognition ceremony and to participate in various activities and events held in their honor.