Hoogenboom will study physics at Vanderbilt in the fall.

Beaufort High's Chris Hoogenboom wins National Merit Scholarship
Posted on 05/17/2018
Chris Hoogenboom at the computer

Thursday, May17, 2018

Beaufort High School student earns
2018 National Merit Scholarship

BEAUFORT – A Beaufort High School student is the winner of a prestigious National Merit Scholarship.

Chris Hoogenboom is among only 2,500 high school seniors nationwide who will receive a National Merit Scholarship for study at sponsoring colleges or universities.  Hoogenboom will attend Vanderbilt University to study physics.  He is considering possible careers in physics or engineering.

“Chris is an outstanding student and an outstanding representative for Beaufort High School,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “We couldn’t be prouder of him.”

About 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screening of program entrants.  About 15,000 students were named as finalists, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s seniors.

National Merit Scholars are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors who appraise a substantial amount of information submitted by the finalists and their high schools: their 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.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit that operates without government assistance and was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 420 independent corporate and college sponsors.