Yesterday, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year's National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.
National Merit $2500 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.
These 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 the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT); contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.
Congratulations to these San Diego County students:
|Analiese R. Beeler||Classical Academy High School|
|Connie Chen||Canyon Crest Academy|
|Julia M. Chen||The Bishop's School|
|Richard D. Chen||Westview High School|
|Kimberly A. Cheung||Pacific Ridge School|
|Matthew Joseph Joyce Wirtz||La Jolla Country Day School|
|Gabrielle Y. Kang||Canyon Crest Academy|
|Frederick Liu||Scripps Ranch High School|
|Justin R. Lobo||The Bishop's School|
|Samantha S. Low||Sage Creek High School|
|Kainoa R. MacDonald||Francis W. Parker High School|
|Nora A. Mousa||Del Norte High School|
|Haylie N. Murray||San Marcos High School|
|Pallavi Murthy||Francis W. Parker High School|
|Sumith R. Nalabolu||Torrey Pines High School|
|Nathan S. Nash||Cathedral Catholic High School|
|Seonggeun B. Park||Olympian High School|
|Pranav Patil||Del Norte High School|
|Daniel J. Paul||Cathedral Catholic High School|
|Nils P. Roede||Cathedral Catholic High School|
|Shravya Sanigepalli||Scripps Ranch High School|
|Tobey E. Shim||The Bishop's School|
|Raymond Yuanrui Song||Canyon Crest Academy|
|Thomas B. Sottosanti||The Bishop's School|
|Keerthana Sundar||Del Norte High School|
|Mira A. Sur||Canyon Crest Academy|
|Andrew F. Wang||Del Norte High School|
|Samuel Z. Xiong||Canyon Crest Academy|
|Sonia S. Yan||Canyon Crest Academy|
|Wendy A. Yang||La Jolla Country Day School|
|Aidan Zhang||Torrey Pines High School|
This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2018 when over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools took the 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 2020 program, about 7,600 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $30 million in college scholarships.
NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC 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.
NMSC, 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.