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Two Additional RHS Seniors Named NMS Winners

June 5, 2019

Two Additional Radnor High School Seniors Named 2019 National Merit Scholarship Winners

Michael Koerwer and Aisha Parmar Radnor High School seniors Michael Koerwer and Aiesha Parmar were recently named 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners. The students, whose awards are financed by colleges and universities, were among the 3,500 awardees in the group of winners announced on June 5. They join classmates Nicholas Camposano and Joseph Pevner, who were named winners earlier this spring. 

Michael was awarded the National Merit Villanova University Scholarship and Aiesha the National Merit Oberlin College Scholarship. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100. A total of 16 members of the Radnor High School Class of 2019 were named finalists in this year's competition.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $31 million.  

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.