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College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winners Announced
Posted 6/5/20

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced nine FUSD students, representing all five of the District’s comprehensive high schools, among the over 3,300 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Students receiving scholarships are:

American High School

            Carol Zhou


Irvington High School

            Youan Khan

            Rachel Shen

            Angela Xuan


Kennedy High School

            Pranav Garg


Mission San Jose High School

            Helen Chen

            Rishi Jain

            Shray Vaidya


Washington High School

            Cindy Wang


An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition to about 4,100. This year, 167 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 92 private and 75 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.


This is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2020 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). Eight FUSD students were named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 22, and 15 additional students were recognized as winners of National Merit® $2500 Scholarships on May 13. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $30 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.