June 3, 2014
Bella Lee holds her National Merit Scholarship certificate.

Bella Lee holds her National Merit Scholarship certificate.

Culver Girls Academy’s Bella Lee (Darian, Ill.) has been named the recipient of a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. She is one of 8,000 graduating seniors selected from a pool of 15,000 finalists. The finalists are selected from 1.5 million students, who as juniors took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

Winners are selected based on their academic records, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, high school officials’ written recommendations, information of the student’s activities and leadership, and each finalist’s own essay. Along with the National Merit Scholarship awards, colleges provide scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program. Lee’s scholarship came through Harvey Mudd College, where she will be enrolling this fall.

Lee and two Culver Military Academy cadets were earlier named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Nicholas Payne (Jonesville, Mich.), and Shaun Schneider (Pittsboro, N.C.) were also named as finalists. Lee, Payne, and Schneider were the only three students selected from the boarding school district that includes Culver Academies and 23 schools from 10 states.

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