Students Named National Merit Finalists

As finalists, Eden and Dana join roughly 15,000 students throughout the United States who are now eligible to win one of approximately 7,500 Merit Scholarships this spring. (Photo by Alyson Cittadino)

George School is pleased to announce that Dana Homer ’17 of West Chester, Pennsylvania and Eden McEwen ’17 of South Pasadena, California have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.

As finalists, Dana and Eden join roughly 15,000 students throughout the United States who are now eligible to win one of approximately 7,500 Merit Scholarships this spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, students must fulfill several requirements including having a record of consistent and high academic performance throughout high school and be fully endorsed and recommended by the head of school. The selection of winners begins in March and continues to mid-June.

Both Dana and Eden are International Baccalaureate Diploma candidates. Dana’s favorite subject is biology and she hopes to major in biology and possibly English following graduation. Eden’s favorite subject is English. Upon graduation she hopes to attend a STEM school and focus on either engineering or programming.

The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Learn more at nationalmerit.org.

Founded in 1893 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), George School, a rigorous coed boarding and day school for grades nine through twelve, educates students from more than twenty-two states, forty-five foreign countries, and a variety of ethnic, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. Through its commitment to diversity and the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and peacemaking, George School inspires students to be led by their own truths while respecting and appreciating opinions and beliefs different from their own. George School was one of the first schools in the United States to implement an International Baccalaureate diploma program.