Recent Shady Side Academy graduate Campbell Nilsen has won two prestigious scholarships that will fund his educational endeavors over the next five years.
Nilsen is the fifth member of SSA's Class of 2012 to be named a National Merit Scholar after being awarded a National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma. This generous scholarship package includes a waiver of 100% of non-resident tuition for up to five years at UO and a stipend of $5,500 per year for four years to offset the cost of fees, books, room and board, among other benefits. Nilsen was accepted to UO's McClendon Honors College but plans to defer his enrollment until 2013-2014.
Nilsen will spend the 2012-2013 school year living and studying in Finland after winning a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship that will fund his trip. Nilsen was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh for the national scholarship program, the purpose of which is to promote international understanding and goodwill through study in another country. Nilsen will live with host families in Finland during his time there.
SSA's four previous National Merit Scholarship winners for 2012 were announced earlier this spring: Jenna Hebert (Penn), Christopher Leech (Dartmouth), Vivek Nimgaonkar (Penn) and Cody Han (Caltech). Approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarship winners were selected from a nationwide pool of 15,000 finalists in 2012.