Three Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

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PARSIPPANY-TROY HILLS — The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Three Parsippany students were Karan S. Chauhan,  Rakshay Z.  Kanthadai, both from Parsippany Hills High School and Ellen Xu, from Parsippany High School.

The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state. For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website by clicking here. Semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program (Evanston, Illinois) Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

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