Local students will receive $2,500 as National Merit Scholars


Local students will receive  $2,500 as National Merit Scholars

Students from Brentwood, Franklin and Spring Hill were among those selected to receive $2,500 National Merit Scholarships, according to an announcement Tuesday morning.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The local students are:

  • Stacey D. Xiang of Brentwood, who is graduating from Ravenwood High School and plans to study physics;
  • Aditya R. Pillai of Franklin, who is graduating from Brentwood High School and plans to study computer science;
  • Andi L. Mitchell of Spring Hill, who is graduating from Summit High School and plans to study biochemistry.

The three students’ scholarships were funded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. In April, the scholarship program announced privately funded Merit Scholarships. On that list was:

  • Natalie N. Joseph of Brentwood, who is graduating from Ravenwood High School and plans to study public health. Her National Merit Scholarship was funded by Pfizer, Inc., the diversified international company that produces pharmaceuticals, agricultural products, hospital products and consumer products.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

On June 6 and July 16, some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 410 independent corporate and college sponsors that share the corporation’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.

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