Posted: Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Six Seniors Earn National Merit $2,500 Scholarships

National Merit Scholarship LogoSix Greenville County Schools' seniors have been named winners of the National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, announced today by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These students were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

  • Christopher B. Brooks, Riverside High – Chemical Engineering
  • Michael A. Gallagher, Riverside High – Engineering
  • Anuraag Govindarajan, J. L. Mann High Academy – Computer Science
  • Julia S. McElhinny, Mauldin High – Public Health
  • James C. Murphy, J. L. Mann High Academy – Computer Science
  • Joshua B. Romoser, Woodmont High – Medicine

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state 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.

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.

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