June 2018

Three Florida Atlantic University High School students have been named winners of the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. FAU High seniors Crayton J. Hudspeth, Mohammed Khan, and Ryan A. Scupp are part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth more than $31 million.

“It is an incredible achievement to be a National Merit Scholarship recipient,” said Joel Herbst, Ed.D., assistant dean of PK-12 schools and educational programs at FAU. “Their choice to participate in programs like the Med Direct Program and the Wilkes Medical Scholars Program is a representation of the opportunities afforded to dedicated and talented students at Florida Atlantic University.”

Semifinalists first had to advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. 

From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for finalist standing including FAU High student Hannah Goldman-Daleo. Half of the finalists were named winners of the National Merit Scholarship Competition. 

Rebecca Urbonas from Sunlake High School also was named a winner and has chosen FAU as her sponsor college. Students from other high schools who were named finalists and have selected FAU as their sponsor college include: Amanda Balash, Vineet Reddy, Charles Shi, and Justin Xie. 

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) is a not-for-profit organization that identifies and honors academically talented U.S. high school students. Since its founding in 1955, NMSC has recognized more than 3 million students and provided more than $1.6 billion in scholarships.


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