5 Conestoga High School seniors win National Merit Scholarships

BERWYN, PA – Five Conestoga High School students have been named winners of National Merit Scholarships.

These five are among a group of more than 6,870 high school students who will receive university-sponsored Merit Scholarships for undergraduate education worth nearly $26 million.

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Below are the Conestoga scholarship winners:

Bryce E. Bernabeofrom Berwyn-Bucknell University
Likely career field: Biomedical Engineering

Bucknell University is an independent, private, coeducational institution of approximately 3,000 undergraduates, 200 graduates, and a faculty of more than 200 teacher-scholars offering studies in the humanities, natural and social sciences, education, business, and engineering. Bucknell’s academic distinction comes from a clearly defined sense of purpose and a commitment to free and responsible inquiry in the pursuit of truth and excellence.

Rohan B. Deshpandevan Berwyn – University of South Florida
Likely career field: biomedicine

The University of South Florida has rich traditions of student access and opportunity of academic excellence, of cutting-edge research, and of serving our communities. USF is located in the Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Together, our campuses serve more than 50,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. High-impact global research is central to USF’s mission as one of only three premier state research universities in the state of Florida.

Daniel H. Fanvan Berwyn – University of Maryland
Likely career field: computer science

There are three campuses of the University of Maryland. The College Park campus offers an extensive program of graduate and undergraduate work, including a large and active general honors program. The Eastern Shore campus offers a small college environment with a selective honors program leading to admission to the university’s professional schools. In Baltimore County, students will find a mid-sized state university campus with particularly strong arts and sciences programs.

Staas I. LinWayne – Purdue University
Likely career field: computer science

Purdue University is a state-supported university system with students on five campuses. Of the 25 largest colleges and universities in the country, Purdue’s West Lafayette campus has an enrollment of more than 34,000. Undergraduate education on the West Lafayette campus is organized by academic schools: Agriculture; Consumer and Family Sciences; Education; Engineering; Liberal arts; Management; Pharmacy, Nursing and Health Sciences; Science; Technology; and Veterinary Medicine.

Angelina Piercefrom Wayne – Lehigh University
Likely career field: materials science

Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, is coeducational, nondenominational, and private. The three undergraduate Colleges of Arts and Science, Business and Economics, and Engineering are interwoven with the Graduate School, the School of Education, and the Institute of Research, allowing unusual attention to be paid to contemporary issues and to traditional professional and pre-professional training. The number of registrations has stabilized at 4,000.


High school students participated in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screening of program participants.

Last fall, more than 16,000 semifinalists were named based on state representation, in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of high school graduates.

The semifinalists were the highest-scoring program participants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists must first advance to the finalist level of the competition by completing 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 excellent academic record, be approved and recommended by a high school official, and obtain SAT or ACT scores that confirmed qualifying test performance.

Of the semifinalist pool, more than 15,000 met the requirements for finalist status, and approximately half of the finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2024.