Three UCS seniors earn National Merit scholarships
Three UCS seniors earn National Merit scholarships
Posted on 05/09/2019
Studio photos of merit scholarship winnersThree Utica Community Schools seniors are among only 2,500 students nationally and approximately 80 graduates statewide to be named National Merit scholarship winners. 

Drew Beckman, of Stevenson High School, Nicholas Koshy, of Eisenhower High School, and George Paul, of the Utica Academy for International Studies have each earned a $2,500 scholarship through the National Merit Corporation.  Beckman and Koshy also attend the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology. 

“We are proud that Utica Community Schools students continue to meet our high expectations through recognition as among the nation’s top students,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. 

National Merit Scholarship winners are judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

The winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Students initially qualify for the Merit program by being among the top one percent of students in the country taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

This year, Utica Community Schools had nine National Merit finalists.