Posted: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Four GCS Students Earn National Merit $2,500 Scholarships
Four 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 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.
- Jeremy Berres Bell, Southside High – International Relations
- Kerry Song Yan, Riverside High - Finance
- William H. Cummings, Mauldin High – International Relations
- Thomas Sullivan Caldwell, Wade Hampton High - Biomedicine
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.