Seven Students Awarded National Merit Scholarships

Seven Students Awarded National Merit Scholarships
Posted on 06/03/2021
Seven Students Awarded National Merit Scholarships

The School District is proud to announce seven students have been awarded National Merit Program Scholarships. Two are National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners and five are College Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners.

Carlos Torres-Cobian and Brian Robinson from Estero High School were both awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Only 2,500 of the 16,000 National Merit Scholarship finalists for 2021 were selected for this honor. Carlos is going to the University of Florida to study Computer Engineering while Brian will attend MIT to study Aerospace Engineering.

“Estero High School is extremely proud of Brian Robinson and Carlos Torres-Cobian on being National Merit Scholarship winners!” says Estero High School Principal Mike Amabile. “Both of these young men embody everything we encourage our students to do, from working hard in their studies, to participating in numerous extra-curricular activities. With Brian going on to attend MIT in the fall, and Carlos moving on to the University of Florida our future is in good hands, their Wildcat Family couldn’t be more proud of them!”

The first graduating class from Bonita Springs High School has its first National Merit Scholarship recipient in Genesis Carias. She was awarded a Merit Scholarship from Florida State University. Genesis plans to study English Literature.

“Genesis is an incredibly gifted, talented, and special young lady,” says Bonita Springs High School Principal Jeff Estes. “This well-deserved honor is a testament to her efforts, her family’s, and the school’s commitment to academic excellence. Congratulations, Genesis! Your Bull Shark Family is so proud of you and we are honored to have a National Merit Scholarship winner in our school’s very first graduating class!”

Three seniors at Fort Myers High School were also awarded College Sponsored Merit Scholarships. The University of Central Florida is providing scholarships to Charles Crosby and Anna Payne. Charles plans to study Computer Science and Anna will study Biomedicine. The University of Florida is providing Thomas Penn a scholarship to study Chemical Engineering.

“We are very proud of our three National Merit Scholarship Winners,” says Dr. Robert Butz, Principal at Fort Myers High School. “Their hard work and dedication to their academics has resulted in them being recognized as the best of the best. We are sure that they will be successful in whatever endeavors they choose.”

Dunbar High School Senior Kevin Dimaculangan is being awarded a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Central Florida. He plans to study Computer Science.

“Kevin’s acumen as a STEM scholar is already well documented as he is a Microsoft World Champion, state and national awardee in math competitions and National Cyber Scholar,” says Dunbar High School Principal Carl Burnside. “Receiving this honor is just further validation of him being one of the top all-around academic students in the United States as he has represented to the highest degree the Dunbar High School Motto of: “Achievement Is The Expectation.”

College Sponsored Merit Scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Only 3,100 were awarded by 160 higher education institutions in 2021.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2019 when over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT. Last fall, 17,000 semifinalists were named representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors. Nine were from the School District of Lee County. By the conclusion of the 2021 program, about 7,500 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of nearly $30 million in college scholarships.