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RHS Seniors Named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Winners

April 30, 2020

Two Radnor High School Seniors Named 2020 National Merit Scholarship Winners

Asa Hartman and Amia Korman Radnor High School seniors Asa Hartman and Amia Korman were recently named 2020 National Merit Scholarship winners. Both were awarded corporate-sponsored Merit scholarships and are among 1,000 awardees in the first group of winners announced this year.

Asa was awarded the National Merit Boeing Scholarship and Amia was awarded the National Merit Pfizer Inc Scholarship. A total of 21 RHS seniors were named finalists in this year's competition.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $1,000 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

NMSC will name recipients of National Merit $2500 Scholarships on May 13, and winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards on June 3 and July 13.

More About Asa and Amia

Asa Hartman is a member of the RHS cross country and track and field teams, participates in Model United Nations (UN), plays violin in the RHS orchestra, and is co-founder of the RHS Chess Club. He served as the student representative to the Curriculum Committee of the Radnor Township School District Board of School Directors during the 2018-19 school year, where he helped advocate on behalf of students for the change in school start times. Asa plans to pursue a degree in Economics.

Amia Korman is student director of the RHS women's a cappella ensemble, Madrigals, founder and director of the RHS classical vocal chamber sextet, Amoroso, and member of the mixed a cappella ensemble, Pro Musica. She serves as vice president of the Radnor chapter of Tri-M Music Honor Society, president of Euterpe, lead singer of RHS Honors Jazz Band, and librarian of the RHS full chorus, Meistersingers. Amia has qualified for PMEA District and Regional Choir Festivals and was selected to the 2020 PMEA All-State Conference. She also serves as president of Radnor Actor’s Workshop and has performed in all fall plays and spring musicals during her time at RHS. She is an active member of National Honor Society and is the founder of Books for Belize, an organization focused on collecting funds and educational materials for growing elementary schools and their libraries. Amia plans to pursue a degree in music.  

2020 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2019, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn 
SAT® or ACT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.

By the conclusion of the 2020 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $30 million. Winners are the Finalist  candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.