CCSD Students Receive National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships

Staff Report From Charleston CEO

Thursday, April 18th, 2019

Five Charleston County School District (CCSD) scholars are receiving prestigious corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). They are part of the first group of winners in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors (including 16 from South Carolina) earned scholarships financed by 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends from $500 to $10,000 annually, while some provide a single payment ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

The following CCSD students received 2019 corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships:

Academic Magnet High School (AMHS)

Colin M. Baker, National Merit South Carolina Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center scholarship
Razeen Basunia, National Merit Boeing Scholarship
Adriana N. Carter, National Merit South Carolina Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center Scholarship
Jared Tucker Lipton, National Merit South Carolina Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center Scholarship

Wando High School (WHS)

Jack H. Frain, National Merit South Carolina Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center Scholarship

“Colin, Razeen, Adriana, and Jared carry on a long tradition of achievement at Academic Magnet High School,” said AMHS Principal Catherine Spenser. “All four of these students embody the highest levels of personal commitment to not only academics, but the arts and athletics as well. They represent the best of Raptor qualities, and we take great pride in their recognition and extend to them our enthusiastic congratulations.”

According to the NMSC, over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Semifinalists first had to advance to the next round by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met finalist requirements.

“We at Wando High School could not be more proud of Jack Frain,” said WHS Principal Dr. Sherry Eppelsheimer. “His receipt of this scholarship is a direct result of his dedication and commitment not only to his academics, but also to all endeavors he undertakes. He is certainly worthy of this honor."

By the conclusion of the 2019 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $31 million. Winners are finalists who have, according to evaluators, the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.