Two more Harker graduates, Arthi Kumar and April Luo, have been awarded National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarships. Kumar received her scholarship from Vanderbilt University and Luo received hers from the University of Southern California. These scholarships will provide between $500 and $2,000 each year for up to four years at the undergraduate level.[Updated: Jan. 3, 2012]
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NSMC) recently announced the winners for 2011, and 17 Harker seniors were named winners in this year’s contest. Samir Asthana, Hassaan Ebrahim, Victoria Liang and Zachary Mank all received college-sponsored scholarships from the University of Southern California, while Roshni Bhatnagar was awarded a college-sponsored scholarship from Northwestern University. These scholarships are awarded by officials representing colleges or universities that students have indicated is their first choice.
Harker students who have been awarded National Merit $2,500 scholarships are Justine Liu, Kevin Tran, Kiran Vodrahalli, Susan Tu, Nikhil Parthasarathy, Richard Chiou, Shreya Nathan, Benjamin Tien, Josephine Chen, Jerry Sun, Jason Young, Olivia Zhu and Nilesh Murali.
Jason Young received a Nelson F. Peterson Scholarship sponsored by by Hoffman-La Rouche, which will provide $2,500 per year for four years.
More than 1.5 million high school students participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program every year by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of these, about 8,400 – less than one percent – become winners.