NHS Graduate Receives National Merit Scholarship
Ryan Ward of Norcross High joins the pool of 16 recipients from Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Ward, along with two other GCPS graduates, recently learned that their prospective colleges have selected them to receive between $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.
Approximately 2,000 students throughout the nation were named this week as NMCS Scholarship winners, according to a press release. Thirteen other Gwinnett students were named scholarship winners last spring.
According to a press release, Ward plans to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology with a probable career field in business.
Ward was among one of four semifinalists from Peachtree Corners-area schools for the scholarship last September. There were 16,000 students nationwide in the running for more than 8,000 National Merit Scholarships, totaling more than $34 million.
The other two latest Gwinnett scholarship winners include:
- Drew A. Vander Wood of Brookwood High, with a probable career field in biochemistry, attending the Georgia Institute of Technology
- Kathryn M. Fitton of Peachtree Ridge High, with a probable career field in medicine, attending the Georgia Institute of Technology
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 semifinalists, according to a press release.
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.