Second group of National Merit Scholars announced; two more groups coming up


Second group of National Merit Scholars announced; two more groups coming up

National Merit Scholarship Corporation on Wednesday announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. On April 17, recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships were announced, and on June 5 and July 15 winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarships will be announced.

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.

Local winners are as follows:

Thomas Samuel Awad, Brentwood 37027, Probable career field: Public Policy
ENSWORTH H. S., NASHVILLE
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Jack T. Holcombe, Brentwood 37027,  Probable career field: Business
BAYLOR SCHOOL, CHATTANOOGA
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Andrea M. Huang, Brentwood 37027, Probable career field: Environmental Policy
RAVENWOOD H. S., BRENTWOOD
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Davis C. Westbrook, Brentwood 37027, Probable career field: Undecided
BRENTWOOD H. S., BRENTWOOD
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Megan A. Carneal, Franklin 37069, Probable career field: International Relations
FRANKLIN H. S., FRANKLIN
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Christina E. Conrady, Franklin 37069, Probable career field: Medicine
BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY, FRANKLIN
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Samuel L. DeCoster, Franklin 37064, Probable career field: Mathematics
MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY, NASHVILLE
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

William C. Henke, Franklin 37064, Probable career field: Actuarial Science
INDEPENDENCE H. S., THOMPSON’S STATION
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

David A. Ong, Franklin 37064, Probable career field: Chemistry
FRANKLIN H. S., FRANKLIN
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Meleah E. Orr, Franklin 37064, Probable career field: Statistics
CENTENNIAL H. S., FRANKLIN
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

Gabrielle K. Liu, Nashville 37221, Probable career field: Science/Research
RAVENWOOD H. S., BRENTWOOD
NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP
This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through National Merit Scholarship Corporation also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2017 when over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis.

Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of
the 2019 program, about 7,600 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $31 million in college scholarships.

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 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education

 

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