Quakertown/Upper Bucks student first-ever CTC education student to win U.S. Presidential Scholar Award

Congratulations to Quakertown Community High School and Upper Bucks County Technical School student Raymond Slifer, who is one of only 161 students to earn the U.S. Presidential Scholar Award this year – and is the first-ever Pennsylvania career and technical education student to win the award. Slifer, who studied machining and engineering technology at UBCTS, said he plans to go to Bucks County Community College, then maybe further education, with a goal of having his own business. 

He has received a scholarship from Bucks County Community College for 32 credits of classwork, he said. Slifer said he has already taken two college courses — fire school and technical entrepreneurship. 

He thanked those in attendance at the event and said their presence meant a lot to him. 

“I never really thought I would get this far,” Slifer said. “I grew up on a farm, really tried to stay humble.”