College-Sponsored National Merit Scholars Named

Jul 14, 2020

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has named its final 2020 National Merit Scholars. These recently announced winners are recipients of college-sponsored awards. With these additional 17 National Merit Scholars, the Class of 2020 included a total of 38 award recipients.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. 

Nationwide, there were 4,100 college-sponsored merit scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition underwritten by 167 higher education institutions.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored merit scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500 scholarships. Click here to see the FISD winners announced this past spring.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2018 when more than 1.5 million juniors took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as an initial screen for this honor. 

The highest-scoring participants, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were then named Semifinalists. This included more than 70 students in Frisco ISD who were announced this past fall.

The 16,000 Semifinalists were analyzed by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who reviewed the student’s scholarship application, which provided information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstration of leadership abilities, employment experience and awards received. Of these, 15,000 students were named Finalists. 

It is from these Finalists that the NMSC names approximately 7,600 Merit Scholars who will together receive more than $30 million in scholarships.

Congratulations to the 38 National Merit Scholars including these college-sponsored winners:

Joel Augustine, Independence High School - Computer Science
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Chance Badon, Wakeland High School - Aerospace Engineering
National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

Reed Carlisle, Liberty High School - Accounting
National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

Amogh Channashetti, Lebanon Trail High School - Computer Science
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Tanner Denton, Lone Star High School - Political Science
National Merit Arizona State University Scholarship

Ketaki Devani, Centennial High School - Medicine
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Rishikum Gunasekaran, Lone Star High School - Anesthesiology
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Saee Joshi, Centennial High School - Business Administration
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Esha Kanna, Centennial High School - Medicine
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Samyuktha Sakthi Senthil Kumar, Heritage High School - Healthcare
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Eric Lynn, Liberty High School - Finance
National Merit University of Arizona Scholarship

Veer Mehta, Wakeland High School - Business
National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

Samyukt Metta, Lebanon Trail High School - Computer Science
National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

Joongbom Park, Reedy High School - Computer Science
National Merit Northeastern University Scholarship

Asish Penubothu, Reedy High School - Healthcare
National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Sona Shah, Liberty High School - Computer Science
National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

Taylor Sweeney, Frisco High School - Medicine
National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

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