HCPSS Students Named 2020 National Merit Scholar Winners
May 14th, 2020
Note: This web story will continue to be updated as the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announces winners in June and July.
Twenty HCPSS students have been named winners so far in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program, through the Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship and the $2500 Scholarship awards. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce winners of its college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards in June and July.
Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners
Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.
2020 HCPSS Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners:
- Daniel S. Osheroff, Atholton High School
- Jessica Y. Wu, Atholton High School
- Keertik Bacon, Centennial High School
- Jonathan J. Kim, Howard High School
- Samiksha Varadarajan, Howard High School
- Pooja J. Nambiar, Mt. Hebron High School
- Andrew Qian, River Hill High School
National Merit $2500 Scholarships
National Merit $2500 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. These scholars were selected out of a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.
2020 HCPSS National Merit $2500 Scholarship Winners:
- Bill W. Tong, Atholton High School
- Richard Huang, Centennial High School
- Ameya M. Sriram, Centennial High School
- Claire R. Brinster, Glenelg High School
- Samuel D. Levine, Long Reach High School (Honorary Merit Scholarship)
- Abhinav R. Modugula, Long Reach High School
- Zhuoyuan Li, Marriotts Ridge High School
- William R. L. Li, Mt. Hebron High School
- Lorelei N. Loraine, Mt. Hebron High School
- Yashvi P. Shah, Reservoir High School
- Zan Z. Chaudhry, River Hill High School
- Jeffrey Y. Du, River Hill High School
- Nicholas S. Pavlosky, River Hill High School
By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth a combined total of more than $30 million.
More than 1.5 million juniors in some 21,000 high schools across the country entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semiﬁnalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
Visit the National Merit Scholarship website for more information.