Malverne High School valedictorian Nelson Chow was recently named as one of only four in New York state as a 2019 U.S. Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education and the Commission on Presidential Scholars. It is one of the highest awards the nation can bestow upon a graduating high school senior.
“I could not have been prouder to nominate Malverne High School’s Nelson Chow,” said State Sen. Todd Kaminsky, in a news release. “He is a leader in and out of the classroom and sets a strong example for his peers. His wealth of accomplishments are proof that hard work and passion for one’s community can make a difference at any age.”
Chow has a 104.4 GPA, and also gives back to the academic community, coordinating his school’s pep rally, class Olympics competition and annual blood drive. Chow is also a National Merit semifinalist, and his interest and acumen in science enabled him to excel in numerous research competitions.
“Nelson Chow has demonstrated academic excellence during his time at Malverne High School and I am so proud to hear he is now a recipient of the rare and prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholar award,” said State Assemblywoman Judy Griffin. “Nelson is destined to be a leader and game-changer, and I can’t wait to see what he accomplishes next,”
In recognition of his achievement, Chow will be honored in Washington, D.C. at the end of June and participate in a series of events for all Presidential Scholars.
Chow was also recently named one of 18 in the nation to receive the General Electric Reagan Foundation Scholarship in the amount of $40,000. He will attend Princeton University in the fall.