Two winners from Maplewood and South Orange were named on Wednesday after overcoming several obstacles to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship to attend college. So far, only students who have received corporate-sponsored scholarships have been disclosed; more may be announced later.
The following are the two winners who were declared on Wednesday:
Cole J. Strupp of Maplewood, who is most likely pursuing a career in medicine. He was awarded the Gannett Foundation Scholarship for National Merit.
Gannett Co., Inc., a media and marketing corporation, sponsors the Gannett Foundation. Finalists in the National Merit Program who are children of Gannett workers are eligible for the scholarships.
South Orange’s Jadyn Park, whose likely career path is neurobiology. Jadyn was awarded the Pfizer Inc. National Merit Scholarship.
Pfizer Inc. promotes itself as a global firm with operations in more than 40 countries and sales in over 100. Its 90,000 people manufacture and distribute medicines, agricultural products, healthcare items, and consumer goods. Pfizer Inc. offers these Merit Scholarships to the children of its workers.
A semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application detailing the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received to be considered for a National Merit Scholarship finalist.
A semifinalist must have a strong academic record throughout high school, be sponsored and recommended by a high school authority, submit an essay, and get SAT or ACT scores that corroborate the student’s previous achievement on the qualifying exam.
Around 7,500 students will be told this month if they have been selected for a Merit Scholarship. Many will earn a $2,500 college scholarship, but some may win a prize from a corporation or a specific college.
Millburn High School garnered a staggering 32 semifinalists among adjacent districts last year. Livingston had eight semifinalists, South Orange-Maplewood had ten, Summit High School had five, Chatham High School had three, Westfield High School had two, Scotch Plains High School had two, and Madison High School had two.
Two Millburn and two Livingston students were also awarded business scholarships on Wednesday.
The majority of high schools in New Jersey with more than ten students were magnet or private institutions.