Lamar High School Student Awarded National Merit Scholarship

July 15, 2010

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced 1,900 additional national college scholarship winners for 2010 on Monday and 10 HISD graduates are on the list.

Of those, five are from Bellaire High School; two are from the DeBakey High School for Health Professions and there is one each from Carnegie Vanguard, Lamar and Westside. Here is the list by high school:

Lamar High School

Tonhu Q. Nguyen

Probable career field: Chemical Engineering

NATIONAL MERIT RICE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Bellaire High School

Karen Ding

Probable career field: Medicine/Health

NATIONAL MERIT RICE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Lumeng Li

Probable career field: Medicine

NATIONAL MERIT UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SCHOLARSHIP

Ian C. Mauzy

Probable career field: Computer Science

NATIONAL MERIT RICE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Mengwei Ni

Probable career field: Bioengineering

NATIONAL MERIT RICE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Wilma Qiu

Probable career field: Business

NATIONAL MERIT EMORY UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Carnegie Vanguard High School

Larissa B. Little

Probable career field: Engineering

NATIONAL MERIT FRANKLIN W. OLIN COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP

DeBakey High School for Health Professions

Alexander S. Kortum

Probable career field: Physics

NATIONAL MERIT RICE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

Fatima Syed

Probable career field: Medicine

NATIONAL MERIT UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SCHOLARSHIP

Westside High School

Yu-Di Lin

Probable career field: Healthcare

NATIONAL MERIT TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP

National Merit Scholarships are announced in four rounds. Counting Monday’s final announcement for 2010, a total of 27 HISD students received National Merit Scholarships. The value of all scholarships offered to HISD’s Class of 2010 totals more than $97 million, which is a new record.

This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began when more than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools took the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

In September 2009, some 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state representational basis, in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of high school graduating seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of a state’s seniors.

To become Finalists, Semifinalists had to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and describing contributions and leadership activities in high school and the community, have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirm the qualifying test performance.

About 15,000 Semifinalists attained Finalist standing, and more than half of this group was chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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