Two students Awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

Two students Awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarship
Posted on 05/11/2022
Two students Awarded National Merit $2,500 Scholarship

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is honoring two students with this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Congratulations to Morgan Kaplan from Fort Myers High School and David Liu from Dunbar High School.

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. Morgan is considering a career in surgical medicine and will attend the University of Florida in the fall. David is planning to study aerospace engineering at the US Military Academy West Point and is being offered an Honorary Merit Scholarship since he will not have to pay tuition.

2,500 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:

  • academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned
  • scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)
  • contributions and leadership in school and community activities
  • an essay written by the Finalist
  • a recommendation written by a high school official

In April, the National Merit Scholarship Program announced the 1,000 recipients of the corporate sponsored Merit Scholarships. In June and July, they will release the names of 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $28 million.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2020 when high school juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, 16,000 of the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists. 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. The School District of Lee County proudly has six finalists in this year’s competition.