Students from Glendora earned National Merit Scholarships and other distinctions from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Two students from Glendora High School were recipients of the $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Bernadette N. Lim from St. Lucy’s Priory High School in Glendora also won the prestigious award.
The recipients of the $2,500 scholarships were picked from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a news release.
“National Merit $2500 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 National Merit Scholarship Corporation said in a statement.
The finalists are judged on their academic record, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay submitted, and a recommendation by a high school official.
Pooja Solanki. From Charter Oak High School was a National Merit Semi-Finalist, while Andrea Woodard was National Merit Commended student.
The awards can be used at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
The process for selecting scholarship awardees this year began in October 2010 when around 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools to the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test used to screen program entrants. Last fall, the 16,000 semifinalists were named. Of that group, 15,000 students advanced to the finalist level. By the end of the 2012 program, around 8,300 finalists will have earned the title of “Merit Scholar” and received a total of more than $35 million in college scholarships.