2012 National Merit Finalists Named

Some 13 students, including those from Brookwood High, are the recipients of college-sponsored financial awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Thirteen Gwinnett County graduates, including four students who recently graduated from , are recent winners through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The awarded college-sponsored scholarships are worth $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Students recieved the scholarship based on their high school academic performance.

The 13 Gwinnett County students join about 2,500 college-sponsored merit scholars from across the nation. (An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July.)

The finalists from Snellville's are:

  • Zachary D. Freshley, probable career field is business, University of Georgia Scholarship
  • Shushmita Hoque, probable career field is biomedical engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Scholarship
  • Minhyuk M. Song, probable career field is medicine, University of Georgia Scholarship
  • Tony Zhang, probable career field is medicine, Emory University Scholarship

These scholarship winners were selected by each sponsoring college or university from among the finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program who were planning to attend their institution. This year, 197 higher education institutions have underwritten Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1.5 million students entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The highest-scoring participants in each state were then selected as

Finalists were then selected by a review of the student’s outstanding academic record; scores from two standardized tests; an endorsement/recommendation by a school official; and a self-descriptive essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.


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