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Nine Students Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

National Merit Scholarship announced the names of nine South Asian students semifinalists from Southern Nevada in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Green Valley High – Omar Qureshi and Aakansha Singh

ATech – Sarina Dass

Clark High – Mira Dani and Nihar Raju

Faith Lutheran – Liana S. Jamil

Meadows School – Riya Mukhopadhyay, Shalini Shah and Sonia Vohra


National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

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