National Merit Scholarship Awarded to HHIHS senior

National Merit Scholarship winner
Posted on 05/09/2017
Vinit Krishna

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

BEAUFORT – A Hilton Head Island High School student has been announced as the winner of a prestigious National Merit Scholarship.

Vinit Krishna is among only 2,500 high school seniors nationwide who will receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship for college study. About 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screening of program entrants.  About 15,000 students were named last fall as semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of the nation’s seniors.

“The National Merit Scholarship is one of the most prestigious honors that a high school student can receive on the national stage,” said Superintendent Jeff Moss.  “Our entire community of proud of Vinit, and we wish him the best.”

Krishna was an Advanced Placement Scholar with Honor and a winner of the Harvard Book Award.  He plays violin and serves as concertmaster for the school orchestra as well as the ARCO community youth orchestra.  He will attend Duke University to study neuroscience.

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.