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Fort Bend ISD students among 2024 National Merit Scholarship winners

Fort Bend ISD (June 5, 2024) – Fifteen Fort Bend ISD high school students were announced today as winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from the finalists in the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their school. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Fort Bend ISD’s National Merit Scholars include:

  • Jeffrey Copold, Dulles High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Jie Dai, Elkins High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Rohan Gummadi, Clements High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Juliana Horiszny, Dulles High School (University of Alabama)
  • Adam Hwang, Clements High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Christian Devenish, Ridge Point High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Ahmed Kazi, Austin High School (University of Houston)
  • Tran Lam, Dulles High School (University of Houston)
  • Haider Mahdi, Travis High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Darena Nguyen, Elkins High School (University of Southern California)
  • Jai Pillai, Kempner High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Iana Sajith, Dulles High School (University of Houston)
  • Allen Thomas, Dulles High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Dan Tran, II, Dulles High School (Texas A&M University)
  • Joshua Wan, Clements High School (Texas A&M University)

The esteemed National Merit Scholarship Corporation announces four separate groups of winners each spring and summer with scholarship funding coming from different sources.

The fourth and final announcement of scholarship winners is expected on July 15th. 

High school juniors entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2022 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). This served as the initial screening. In September 2023, more than 16,000 semifinalists who were identified as the highest scorers were designated from across the nation. They make up less than one percent of all senior high school students in the country. To become a National Merit Scholarship winner, semifinalists had to complete a detailed application, which included writing an essay, plus providing information about their extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to be recommended by a high school official and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirmed their high performance on the 2022 qualifying test.

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