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RHS Seniors Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Winners

May 13, 2019

Two Radnor High School Seniors Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Winners

Nick and Joey Radnor High School seniors Nicholas "Nick" Camposano and Joseph "Joey" Pevner were recently named 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners out of a pool of more than 15,000 finalists.

Nick was announced as a National Merit $2500 Scholarship winner and Joey was awarded the National Merit Brown & Brown Scholarship, a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship award. A total of 16 members of the RHS class of 2019 were named finalists in this year's competition. 

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. The number of winners in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of the nation's graduating high school seniors.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) finances most of the single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships.

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 $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Recipients of both National Merit $2500 Scholarships and corporate-sponsored scholarships can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

2019 National Merit Scholarship Competition

More than 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2018, 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 scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met finalist requirements.

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.