Six 2024 BCPS graduates will earn university-sponsored National Merit Scholarships

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TOWSON, MD – Six 2024 graduates of the Baltimore County Public Schools are among more than 2,900 distinguished high school seniors from across the country to earn college-sponsored National Merit® Scholarships.

  • Aspiring nurse Nathan D. Brojan of Nottingham is a graduate of Eastern Technical High School. He received a scholarship sponsored by Brigham Young University.
  • Mingni L. Dong of Lutherville-Timonium, who was named a 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholar last month, received a scholarship sponsored by the University of Maryland. The Dulaney High graduate plans to study computer science.
  • Catonsville resident Enyu Ling, a graduate of Western School of Technology, earned a scholarship sponsored by the University of Maryland. Ling plans to study computer science.
  • Lutherville-Timonium resident Akash E. Paranilam received a scholarship sponsored by the University of Maryland. The Dulaney High graduate expects a career in mechanical engineering (robotics).
  • Cadence J. Scott of Baltimore, a graduate of Eastern Technical High School and an aspiring civil engineer, received a scholarship sponsored by the Rochester Institute of Technology.
  • Frank Zhang, a Towson High School graduate and Towson resident, plans to study aerospace engineering. He received a scholarship sponsored by the University of Maryland.

The scholarship recipients were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists of the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program. Colleges that sponsor National Merit Scholarships offer selected finalists between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at their institutions.

This is the third announcement of National Merit Scholars in 2024 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which named the recipients of company-sponsored National Merit Scholarships on April 24 and the winners of National Merit $2,500 scholarships on May 8. Additional University-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Awards will be announced on July 15. By the end of this year’s competition, more than 6,870 finalists will have won National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $26 million.

National Merit Scholarship Competition 2024

High school students from across the country participated in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). 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 1 percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be eligible for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to meet the requirements to advance to finalist status. Each semifinalist was asked to complete 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 and be approved and recommended by a high school official. Of the semifinalist group, more than 15,000 met the finalist requirements.

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