Sixty Bronx Semifinalists In The 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program

Published on September 09, 2020, 9:34 pm
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Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifi nalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be off ered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifi nalists must fulfi ll several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.

Over 90 percent of the Semifi nalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

NMSC, a not-for-profi t organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Steps in the 2021 Competition

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifi nalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifi nalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, the Semifi nalist and a high school offi cial must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifi nalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifi nalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school offi cial, and write an essay.

From the approximately 16,000 Semifi nalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notifi ed of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be off ered in the spring of 2021. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specifi ed criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offi ces are located. In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to fi nance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

The following are the sixty (60) Bronx semifinalists.

Bronx High School Of Science

501 Barreras, Andrew R.
160 Caile, Nolan
302 Cao, Kevin
000 Chen, Jonathan
000 Ganguly, Ayanava
000 Huang, Andy
741 Jonas-Giugni, Enza
000 Kanere, Swanand
630 Klingborg, Sylvie T.
000 Lee, Montana
999 Leung, Ethan K.
870 Ligh, Karis
600 Lin, Julie
185 Litwin, Yona
712 Lydon, Sarah L.
000 Paredes, Jaymie
000 Polish, Isadora J.
000 Promi, Ramisa
000 Reynolds, Kate
000 Schrader, Max A.
000 Schwarz, Aviva
000 Sison, Benjamin E.
000 Sze, Edgar
000 Van Deventer, Hugh F.
000 Yamaguchi, Jason A.
000 Yamner, Miles E.
000 Zeana-Schliep, Lars

Fieldston School

000 Hendrickson, Rachel A.
000 Johnson, Julie A.
000 Kao, Denika
999 Kim-Suzuki, Saya S.
000 Lesser, Caroline M.
000 Rogers, Alison
000 Sacca, Joshua D.
999 Yoo-Sharifi, Mina Marjorie H.

High School Of American Studies At Lehman College

999 Fallon, Kyle E.

Horace Mann School

209 Agboatwalla, Daanyal
000 Amerkanian, Garo K.
000 Bloom, Henry M.
000 Chiang, Samuel H.
166 Finster, Lowell J.
000 Gaither, Nina B.
000 Jiang, Sofia
000 Mauro, John F.
000 Melian, Ana Maria
000 Paulson, Danielle I.
000 Puckowitz, David
000 Rosenthal, Ryan A.
160 Singer, Samuel
940 Sun, Sarah
000 Yang, Frank Z.
999 Zhao, Erin Y.

Riverdale Country School

000 Bharathram, Vishnu
999 Brand, Julia K.
208 Buckminster, Sofie
000 Lipschultz, Andrew P.
301 Malde, Ronit H.
209 Moses, Kole H.
301 Reed, Owen J.
742 Seibert, Lola

The entire list of the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists could be see here.


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