The President's Education Awards Program (PEAP) was established in 1983 to recognize and honor elementary, middle, and high school students who have achieved excellence in their studies and worked hard to reach their goals. The program awards two prizes: the President's Award for Educational Excellence and the President's Award for Educational Achievement. Both awards are given at the discretion of the principal of the participating school. To be eligible for the President's Award for Educational Excellence, students must demonstrate an extraordinary commitment to learning in spite of any obstacles they may face.
They must also have a school record that would have met the selection criteria for the award, but due to illness, personal crisis, or special needs, they were unable to maintain such high standards despite their hard work. Additionally, students must have achieved high scores or demonstrated outstanding intellectual growth, improvement, commitment, or development in certain subjects such as English, mathematics, science, etc., or have achieved excellence in the arts such as music or theater. Only schools that are participating in the President's Education Awards Program can apply. To find out if your school is eligible, contact your local Department of Education.
Awards for Winners Each winner of the President's Award for Educational Excellence will receive a certificate with a gold seal at no cost. Pins based on the student's grade level (elementary, middle and high school) can be purchased for an additional fee. Winners of the President's Award for Educational Achievement will receive a certificate with a silver seal at no cost. For more information about the President's Award for Educational Excellence, contact Compass.