Sonawalla Selected As National Merit Scholarship Winner

Aneesa Sonawalla

EDISON — Aneesa Sonawalla of Edison, a senior at The Wardlaw-Hartridge School, has been selected as the winner of a National Merit Scholarship worth $2,500. This scholarship is underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) with its own funds.

Only 8,300 National Merit Scholarships were chosen from the 15,000 distinguished finalists. Approximately 1.5 million students entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were designated on a state representational basis, in proportion to each state’s percentage of the national total of high school graduating seniors. In order to advance in the competition, students had to become finalists by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance.

All winners of NMSC awards are chosen from the finalist group, based on their abilities, skills and accomplishments – without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the finalist’s own essay.

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