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Auburn Senior Wins National Merit Scholarship


​The National Merit Scholarship Corporation today released a list of scholarship winners, which includes Auburn High School senior Monay Zayed. Zayed will receive a $2,500 scholarship and the distinction of being a Merit Scholar. Zayed was chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship program. She plans to study medicine.

Five Auburn students were named National Merit semifinalists in September, and they all advanced as finalists in February: William Jiang, Cassandra Shriver, Paul White, Shanida Younvanich and Monay Zayed. They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country for scholarships in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. All five students are in the Gifted Academy at Auburn.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors – including the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.

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