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Four South High Seniors Awarded National Merit $2500 Scholarships

Four South High Seniors
Awarded National Merit $2500 Scholarships

South High School is pleased to announce that four seniors have been awarded National Merit $2500 Scholarships through the prestigious 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). Scholarship recipients are Matthew Tsui, Isabel Wang, Ross Williams, and Jansen Wong.

A total of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a nationwide talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program. “National Merit 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,” according to the organization.

Scholarship winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on the following criteria: 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 student; and a recommendation written by their high school principal.

The National Merit Scholarship Program includes several rounds of evaluation. The first round recognizes high school seniors as Commended Students based on their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Less than one percent of the highest-scoring entrants in each state advance as Semifinalists in September, followed by the announcement of Finalists in February.

This year, the National Merit Scholarship Program recognized 48 Commended Students, 32 Semifinalists, 30 Finalists from the Great Neck Public Schools.