FORT BEND ISD – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Winners, and five Fort Bend ISD students are among the more than 15,000 outstanding students who were named finalists in the scholarship program.
FBISD’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are:
• Priyanka Chandraker, Travis High School
• Lilly Shen, Clements High School
• Benjamin Tu, Clements High School
• Sang Xie, Clements High School
• Travis Yeh, Austin High School
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are 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 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.
The NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2,500 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.
From the semifinalist group, 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 2013 program, about 8,000 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of more than $35 million in college scholarships.