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Early College at Guilford Student Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

May 14, 2024 – An Early College at Guilford student has earned two national titles this month: U.S. Presidential Scholar and National Merit Scholar.

Dishita Agarwal was one of two students in North Carolina and 161 in the country to be named as a 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholar. More than 5,700 candidates qualified for the 2024 awards by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT or ACT exams or through nominations made by chief state school officers, other partner recognition organizations and YoungArts, the

National Foundation for the Advancement of Artists. Talal Aslam of the STEM Early College at NC A&T was one of the 15 semi-finalists from North Carolina.

Dishita is first student to be named a United States Presidential Scholar in the Early College at Guilford's history and the first student to be named a United States Presidential Scholar from Guilford County in the past 15 years.

“I can honestly say as a school counselor with 25 years of experience, Dishita is one of the best students I have worked with in my career,” says school counselor Nicole Webster. “She is the true definition of a star pupil.” Principal Pete Kashubara agrees, saying, “She is one of the most thoughtful, independent, caring and driven students I’ve ever worked with in my 32 years in education, and I consider her to be in the top 1% of students that I have known.”

Each U.S. Presidential Scholar is offered the opportunity to name their most influential teacher, who are then honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. The teacher Dishita chose for recognition was Anne Beatty of The Early College at Guilford.

Also this month, Dishita joined about 2,500 students across the country to receive a $2,500 scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. She is one of 16 semi-finalists this year from Guilford County Schools.

Dishita participated in the Draelos Science Scholars Program through the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering. During this experience, she pioneered research on nanoscience for environmental remediation and presented her findings to more than 30 experts. She has been accepted to prestigious colleges and universities including Duke, Columbia and Johns Hopkins, and plans to study epidemiology.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

College-sponsored National Merit Scholars will be announced on June 5 and July 15.