Olentangy Valley News

Liberty, Orange seniors earn Merit Scholarships

Two Olentangy students were among the 2,500 National Merit Scholarship winners announced Wednesday, May 7.

The 2,500 winners, chosen from more than 15,000 candidates, were awarded $2,500 scholarships through the program.

Olentangy Orange High School senior Austin P. Channell and Olentangy Liberty High School senior Sneha R. Sharma are among the winners.

Sharma is considering a career in medicine, while Channell has not yet committed to a career path, according to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Powell resident Rahul C. Rama-swamy, a student at Columbus Academy in Gahanna, also was awarded a $2,500 scholarship. Ramaswamy plans to pursue a career in cell biology.

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corp., scholarship winners were selected by a panel of college admissions officers and high school guidance counselors.

Each candidate was evaluated based on criteria including his or her performance on two standardized tests, a personal essay and involvement in extracurricular and leadership activities.

The 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition began in October 2012, when about 1.5 million high school juniors took the PSAT.

The 16,000 students who scored highest on the test became semifinalists in the program.

Of the semifinalists, about 8,000 will earn a portion of $35 million the corporation will give out in scholarships this year.

Additional scholarship winners will be announced May 28 and July 14.