The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners, and six Fort Bend ISD graduating seniors are among the honorees.
They represent the 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. FBISD’s scholarship winners (and their chosen career fields) include:
Shreyas Balaji, Dulles High School, mathematics; Dhruva Karkada, Clements High School, science/research; Rahul Kilambi, Dulles High School, mechanical engineering; Meredith Streeter, Ridge Point High School, engineering; Kevin Rao, Clements High School, academia; and Alexander W. Zhao, Austin High School, computer programming.
The six scholars are among Texas finalists judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
They 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.
This is the second announcement of winners in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. In April, FBISD announced the names of nine students who were named 2017 Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners. On June 7 and July 17, some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced.
By the conclusion of this year’s competition, approximately 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million.