Congratulations to Hampton High School Seniors Grace Kang and Tejas Badgujar for being named 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners!
Grace was awarded the National Merit PPG Foundation Scholarship, financed by PPG in Pittsburgh. Scholarships are awarded to exceptionally-able young men and women who are residents of selected communities where PPG maintains manufacturing or distribution operations, or who are children of PPG employees.
Tejas was awarded the National Merit Emerson Electric Co. Scholarship, funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc. The scholarship is awarded to outstanding sons and daughters of Emerson employees.
Both Grace and Tejas have indicated they intend to pursue higher education in Computer Science upon graduation from Hampton High School in June.
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. In September 2018, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated 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 1 percent of the nation’s seniors.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete 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 their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.
By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.