Melanie Ingler | May 20, 2021
Melinda Yang, WSP senior, was one of just 2500 students out of 16,000 finalists to earn this year’s National Merit Scholarship.
National Merit Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.
These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects, studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.