George School is pleased to announce that David Xi ’21 will receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship.
“David strives for excellence in all academic pursuits, and standardized testing is no exception,” said Catherine Box, College Counselor. “He possesses many natural gifts, but this is just as much a recognition of his incredible work ethic. I’m pleased he is receiving such a prestigious accolade, but even more excited that he’s found a university where he will thrive in the next chapter of his educational career and intellectual life.”
All winners of Merit Scholarship awards (Merit Scholar® designees) are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC to evaluate: The Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curriculum and grading system, PSAT/NMSQT Selection Index score, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay.
The 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships are the awards for which every Finalist is considered. Winners are named in every state, in numbers based on the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. Every Finalist competes for these single-payment scholarships, which are awarded on a state-representational basis. Winners are selected by a committee of college admission officers and high school counselors without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans.
Merit Scholarship awards are supported by some 400 independent sponsors and by NMSC’s own funds. Sponsor organizations include corporations and businesses, company foundations, professional associations, and colleges and universities.