EDISON – Four seniors at J.P. Stevens High School earned National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.
Dennis Ai plans to study financial engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. Neel S. Belani plans to study medicine at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Michelle E. Chang plans to study medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Kevin X. Song plans to study law at Rutgers.
More than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools entered the 2009 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2007 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served to screen program applicants.
Last fall, 16,000 semi-finalists were named, in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. Less than one percent of each state’s seniors qualified. To reach the finals, students had to present an outstanding academic record, be endorsed by a school official, earn SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance and provide an essay describing activities, interests and goals.
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