A recent Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) graduate recently learned that the university she plans to attend in the fall will welcome her with additional scholarship monies.
Melissa Kuester who attended Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology (GSMST) is one of approximately 1,600 students from throughout the country named as National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship winners.
Melissa will attend Furman University, which chose her from among the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists attending the school.
This year, more than 180 higher education institutions sponsored scholarships through this program. Melissa will receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of her undergraduate pre-medicine study. She plans to pursue a career in surgical medicine.
About 1.5 million students entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2012 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 semifinalists.
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.
Six other GCPS graduates were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation in late May as college-sponsored scholarship recipients.