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Jun. 5, 2019 - National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship Winners

On June 5, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists who plan to attend their institution. These scholarship awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of scholars will be announced in July.

Congratulations to the following scholarship winners:

  • Michael M. Abraham, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: neurosurgery
  • Katherine L. Brown, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit Brigham Young University Scholarship
    Probable career field: chemical engineering
  • Tin T. Diep, Plano East Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: finance
  • Jason L. Huang, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship
    Probable career field: music
  • Thomas Ken Jarvis, Plano East Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: medicine
  • Caroline G. Judy, Plano Senior High School, National Merit University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Scholarship
    Probable career field: business management
  • Anusheh H. Kashif, Plano East Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: neuroscience
  • Margaret T. Le, Plano East Senior High School, National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship
    Probable career field: psychiatry
  • Leann J. Lee, Plano East Senior High School, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship
    Probable career field: business
  • Stella Soyoung Lee, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship
    Probable career field: international relations
  • Daming Lin, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship
    Probable career field: medicine
  • Brandon Luo, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: computer science
  • Samantha R. Mathew, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship
    Probable career field: healthcare
  • Varun Mehrotra, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship
    Probable career field: computer science
  • Seyed Pouya Moclareszadeh Esfahani, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: healthcare
  • Nicholas P. Ntafos, Plano Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: computer engineering
  • Minh Nguyen, Plano East Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: biology
  • Mohsin Asrar Patel, Plano East Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: pharmaceutical science
  • Kelemen Szabo, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit University of North Texas Scholarship
    Probable career field: performing arts
  • Jason L. Tan, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship
    Probable career field: business
  • Esther N. Yun, Plano Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: biochemistry
  • Andrew Zang, Plano West Senior High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
    Probable career field: law

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 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 nationally who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program 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 about half of the finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2019.