Dublin Villager

Zhao receives Merit Nationwide Foundation Scholarship


With an education in medicine planned, Dublin Coffman High School Senior Kelvin Zhao will get a little support from the Nationwide Foundation.

Zhao won a National Merit Nationwide Foundation Scholarship and is among 1,000 other students throughout the country to win a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

To qualify for the National Merit Scholar program and be named a semifinalist, Zhao had to score high on the 2011 Preliminary SAT.

After being named a semifinalist, Zhao had to fill out an application, write an essay and provide information about the different activities he has been involved with at Coffman High School.

For Zhao, the experience wasn't too different from completing college applications.

"It's been on par with the rest of the whole college application process," he said.

"It wasn't really much different than just applying to another college," Zhao said.

"The things they asked for were essentially the same: an essay, recommendation letter and a generic form that I had to fill out.

"I'd say the hardest part, as with applying to colleges, was waiting to hear the results."

Winning a scholarship through the National Merit Scholar program wasn't a huge surprised for the senior who has been involved in many activities throughout high school.

"I've been a part of the soccer team for my freshman and sophomore year, as well as the tennis team for my sophomore and junior year," Zhao said.

"As far as clubs go, I've been a part of the Chinese Club, chess club and math team."

Zhao helped start the chess team he was a part of and also got involved academically at the Ohio State University.

"Some of the other things I've done during these four years, however, are taking post-secondary courses at OSU and doing research with a professor at OSU," he said.

As for the future, Zhao is planning to attend Kent State and major in medicine.

"I'm attending Kent State University as part of the NEOMED BS/MD program, so apart from the typical freshman year in college and research and maybe work on the side, I'm not sure yet (about the future)," he said.

The program should keep him busy, though.

According to information from Kent State, the program accepts 35 students and ushers them through the BS portion of the program in two or three years, with summers included. After that, a four-year medical school course of study comes.