National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the awardees for this year's National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. Students from two Hawai'i public schools were selected for this honor out of 15,000 national finalists.
"We are proud of these students for their great achievements, representing the power and promise of public education in Hawaii," said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “Congratulations to them and their families, as well as the teachers and administrators who established innovative and equitable academic experiences that enabled their students to thrive. We wish each of them the best as they pursue their college and career goals."
The 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program winners are:
National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state who are 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.
The 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.
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