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More than a dozen Gwinnett seniors among National College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners

Gwinnett seniors earn National Merit Scholarships

More than a dozen Gwinnett seniors among National College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners

June 5, 2020

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) awarded 15 Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors 2020 National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Gwinnett’s College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are:


Brookwood High School
Alexandra J. Barskiy 

Probable career field: Actuarial Science
National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship

Aidan T. Hentschel 
Probable career field: Business
National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

Grayson High School
Claire E. Mistretta 

Probable career field: Nonprofit Management
National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Juan-Pablo Armes 

Probable career field: Chemistry
National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship

Neha Gregory 
Probable career field: Neuroscience
National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

Aiden Jacobazzi 
Probable career field: Engineering
National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

Young Q. Lin 
Probable career field: Undecided
National Merit Emory University Scholarship

Tristan A. Linn 
Probable career field: Mechanical Engineering (Robotics)
National Merit University of Texas At Dallas Scholarship

Faith E. McHan 
Probable career field: Foreign Language
National Merit Emory University Scholarship


Mill Creek High School
Claire M. Grant 

Probable career field: Social Work
National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

Madelyn K. Hurd 
Probable career field: Geology
National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

Norcross High School
Skylar P. Barnash 
Probable career field: Forensics
National Merit University of Central Florida Scholarship

North Gwinnett High School
Page K. Nellis 

Probable career field: Psychology
National Merit Emory University Scholarship

Gabrielle B. Wheeler 
Probable career field: Engineering
National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

South Gwinnett High School
Henoc Zinga 

Probable career field: Biochemistry
National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship

 
     The National Merit Scholars are part of a group of distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. The scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.  

     This year, 167 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 92 private and 75 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia. 

     College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth more than $31 million.

     More than 1.5 million juniors in some 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  Last fall, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors. 

     To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists first had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2020.
 

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