Six CCSD students named National Merit Scholarship Winners
The Charleston County School District (CCSD) is proud to announce that six students from the district were recognized as winners for the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program. Winners included Wando High School graduate, Jack Meagher and Academic Magnet High School graduates: Emilianna Y. Landry, Ryan W. Mainous, Belvin Olasov, John McGue and Mary Lawrence.
Established in 1955, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), recognizes illustious graduates with a scholarship to a college or university. In 2011, approximately 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools took the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screening for entrants. In September 2012, about 16,000 semi-finalists were named for being the highest scoring program entrants, to become a finalist. Each semi-finalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application which included a description of their leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, a written essay, a copy of their academic records and a recommendation letter from a high school official. Their SAT score was also a determining factor.
CCSD students join 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients, who were announced in May. Awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. To date, more than 300,000 young men and women have won National Merit Scholarships totaling over $1 billion.
“I am proud of these distinguished graduates. Their commitment to academics, school and their community involvement serves as a testament to their great leadership characteristics.” said Dr. Nancy J. McGinley, Superintendent of Charleston County School District. “Best wishes to them and their pursuit for higher education.”