The Houston Independent School District will recognize October as College Readiness Month by offering college fairs, workshops, and information sessions to students as they prepare to take College Board exams and apply for college and financial aid.
“Students can find themselves running out of time to meet deadlines if they wait until November or later to begin the college admissions process,” said HISD College Readiness Assistant Superintendent Rick Cruz. “Applying to colleges and visiting college campuses early helps ensure that our students don’t miss out on a number of valuable opportunities that may lead to a college acceptance or scholarship offer.”
Recent graduates from HISD’s Bellaire, Carnegie Vanguard, and DeBakey high schools, along with the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, were named National Merit Scholarship winners in the third and final round of announcements on July 15.
Winners selected from talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists
Ten Houston Independent School District students from five high schools have been named National Merit Scholarship winners and will each receive a scholarship for their undergraduate studies. The winners, selected from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists nationwide, were awarded based on their ability to demonstrate the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential success in rigorous college studies.
Six Houston Independent School District students have been selected among the final group of National Merit Scholarship winners announced for 2012. A total of 26 HISD students were awarded National Merit Scholarships this year for undergraduate studies. Each student will receive a $2,500 award. Here are the recent winners.
Jonas A. Actor – Carnegie Vanguard High School
Hader Ali – Lamar High School
Victor S. Prieto – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Mitchell A. Sawyer – Bellaire High School
Frederick D. Vu – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Lawrence Y. Zhu – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Here are the previously announced winners for 2012:
Olivia Arena – Bellaire High School
Dana Felberg – Bellaire High School
Meghana Golla – Bellaire High School
Weiting Ji – Bellaire High School
Amy Jiang – Bellaire High School
Joseph Lewis – Bellaire High School
Carrie Li – Bellaire High School
Natalia Majewska – Bellaire High School
Denes Marton – Bellaire High School
Ankeet Mutha – Bellaire High School
Adriana Pantazis – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
Spencer Shen – High School for the Performing and Visual Arts
Lavanya Sunder – Lamar High School
Jincy Varughese – Michael E. DeBakey High School for Health Professions
David Williams – Bellaire High School
John Williams – Bellaire High School
Yihui Yang – Carnegie Vanguard High School
Daniel Yun – Bellaire High School
Ni Zhan – Bellaire High School
Zhongmin Zhang – Bellaire High School
The winners were juniors when they received the highest scores on the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. The students also had to demonstrate an outstanding academic record; had to be actively involved in their school and the community and had to be recommended by a high school official. This year approximately 8,100 students nationwide will receive National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $35 million.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over the past 57 years, more than 292,000 students have won National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $1 billion.
The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to recognize scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.