Favian Ho from Diamond Bar High School is among approximately 2,500 high school seniors who have won National Merit Scholarship awards, the organization announced Wednesday, May 8.
These scholarships, which differ from the corporate scholarships announced in late April, are for $2,500 and not renewable.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the $2,500 scholarship recipients were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on the academic record of the applicants, standardized test scores, leadership, an essay and a letter of recommendation from a school official.
The following students in Walnut Valley Unified School District have been named winners:
Favian Ho (Diamond Bar High School)
Probable career field: computer science
Nahlee Y. Lin (Walnut High School)
Probable career field: biochemstry
Mason L Yu (Walnut High School)
Probable career field: chemistry
About 1.5 million high school juniors in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, according to the NMSC. About 16,000 semifinalists—fewer than one percent of the nation's seniors—were announced in September 2012.
For National Merit Scholarship consideration, semifinalists had to complete a detailed scholarship application, have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by a high school official, and earn qualifying SAT scores, according to NMSC. About 15,000 met the requirements to become a finalist.
About 8,000 finalists will receive scholarships totaling more than $35 million by the end of the 2013 competition.