Senior Kristen Gram and first classman Alan Yang have received scholarships from their respective universities after being named National Merit Scholarship finalists. Assistant Head of Schools for Leadership and Learning Kevin MacNeil made the announcement during Culver Academies’ virtual academic convocation.
They were two of the 15,000 finalists who met the high academic standards and other requirements to advance. More than 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools took the initial screening test, the PSAT/NMSQT. The 16,000 highest scoring seniors were seleted as semifinalists and that narrowed down to the finalist level this spring.
Gram (Decatur, Illinois) will be attending Emory University in the fall. She received the Dean’s Scholarship, which covers full tuition.
“I am planning to go the dual-degree route with Georgia Tech for biochemical engineering,” Gram wrote in an email. “This means that I will fulfill certain requirements while completing my undergraduate degree at Emory in order to ensure acceptance into a master’s program at Georgia Tech.”
Yang (Shanghai, China) has received a scholarship from Vanderbilt University. Colleges and universities sponsor National Merit Scholarships that are renewable and cover up to four years of undergraduate study at the sponsor institution. Stipends range up to $2,000 per year. About 180 colleges and universities currently underwrite approximately 4,000 National Merit Scholarships.