2021-motley-smallHannah Motley, an incoming first-year Morehead-Cain Scholar, is among the roughly 160 students nationwide named U.S. Presidential Scholars by the U.S. Department of Education.

Each year the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars honors students for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields. Selection is based on several factors, including academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations, leadership, and evidence of community service.

Motley attended Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kansas, where she was president of the National Charity League, a board member of the KC Women’s Foundation Girls Grant Program, and executive chair of her school district’s Relay for Life organization. She is one of three students selected from Kansas.

This year’s honorees will be recognized during a ceremony in June. In all, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored nearly 7,000 students since its founding in 1964.