UCS senior among top 2,500 graduates earning merit scholarships
UCS senior among top 2,500 graduates earning merit scholarships
Posted on 05/11/2017
Studio photo of Atishay

A Utica Community Schools senior is among only 2,500 students nationally and approximately 90 graduates statewide to earn a National Merit scholarship.

Atishay Singh, of Stevenson High School, will receive a $2,500 scholarship through the National Merit Corporation.

Singh also attends the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology.

“We are proud of Atishay’s focus on learning and his commitment to academic excellence,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “His strong work ethic and successful experiences in Utica Community Schools will continue to open doors for him throughout his future.”

Singh plans to study computer engineering at the University of Michigan.

He was honored earlier this year for earning a perfect score of 36 on the ACT college admissions exam.

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

The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Students initially qualify for the Merit program by being among the top one percent of students in the country taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

This year, Utica Community Schools had three National Merit finalists.