A sixth member of the Shady Side Academy Class of 2019 has earned the title of National Merit Scholar. Recent graduate Oliver Henry has been awarded the National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship, a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship worth $2,000 annually.
To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be National Merit Finalists, report Northwestern University as their first-choice college to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), and choose to attend Northwestern.
Henry plans to study film at Northwestern this fall and also was admitted to the selective Kaplan Humanities Scholars Program in NU's Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences.
Henry was among approximately 4,000 winners of College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships announced by NMSC in June and July 2019. In addition, approximately 1,000 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships and 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships were announced in April and May. In all, about 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million were awarded in 2019.
Henry joins SSA classmates Nick Lauer, Connor Leemhuis, Hank Lin, Walter Navid, Amanda Zeng among the ranks of 2019 National Merit Scholars. Lauer and Navid won National Merit $2500 Scholarships, while Leemhuis, Lin and Zeng won Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships earlier this spring (read the story here).
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the program as juniors by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.