2 Darien students win college-sponsored merit scholarships

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DARIEN, CT – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the winners of National Merit Scholarships funded by US colleges and universities.

Andrew Lin and Lucas J. Smith, both Darien High School students, are among more than 2,600 scholarship recipients. Lin received the scholarship from Tufts University; Smith received the scholarship from Case Western Reserve University.

The heads of each sponsoring college have selected their scholars from among the 2022 National Excellence Scholarship Program finalists who plan to attend their institution. These scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution funding the scholarship.

An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholars in the 2022 competition to approximately 4,000.

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

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 the Excellence Scholarships, semi-finalists had to first advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements.

Each semi-finalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions.

Semi-finalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be approved and recommended by a high school official, and obtain SAT or ACT scores confirming qualifying test performance.

Among the group of semi-finalists, more than 15,000 have qualified to be a finalist, and approximately half of the finalists will be winners of a merit scholarship in 2022.

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