The Minnesota Scholars of Distinction program nurtures and recognizes distinguished achievement by highly motivated, self-directed students. Each specialty area was developed through partnerships of educators, the business community and others. To earn this recognition, students must complete required work in the Minnesota Academic Standards, demonstrate mastery of complex subject matter and apply their knowledge to challenging projects.
Students may now apply for Scholars of Distinction Awards in Leadership, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Theater Arts. Two new areas for focus have been added to the Social Studies category. Social Studies areas of focus now include Applied Geography, Applied History, Civics and Economics. For information about the criteria, timelines and application process for a 2012 award, visit the Scholars of Distinction web page.