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Three GCS Students Earn Prestigious National Merit $2,500 Scholarships

May 10, 2022 – Three GCS students were named winners of the prestigious National Merit $2,500 scholarships.

The $2,500 scholarship winners are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who consider the students’ academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

GCS recipients are:

  • Garret Eichlin, Northwest High; planning to study genetics
  • Benjamin Liebkemann, Early College at Guilford; planning to study computer programming
  • Abigail Mulry, Northern High; planning to study biomedical engineering

2022 National Merit Scholarship winners were chosen from approximately 16,000 semi-finalists, designated based on their Preliminary SAT (PSAT) scores as juniors. Semi-finalists represent less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors. The winners announced today were chosen from a talent pool of about 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.

GCS already had two winners of the National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships. The College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships will be announced later in the year. By the end of the 2022 competition, about 7,500 students will have won a National Merit Scholarship, totaling approximately $28 million.