Columbus Academy senior Michael Qi of Westerville has been named as the recipient of a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship award.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the names of more than 1,000 high school seniors who were selected to receive corporate-sponsored awards April 19.
Qi, the son of Wayne Qi and Xinglan Fu, has been awarded the National Merit Owens Corning Foundation Scholarship.
The foundation annually awards scholarships to children of active, full-time employees of Owens Corning in U.S. locations and domestic subsidiaries. Headquartered in Toledo, Owens Corning manufactures fiberglass and polyester resins.
Qi, 18, said he plans to study math, computer science and social sciences starting this fall, most likely at the University of California, Berkeley.
Qi said he's excited about the award.
During his four years at Columbus Academy, he has been involved in soccer, tennis and band.
He also tutors younger students at a library and volunteers at Riverside Methodist Hospital. He's an active member of Columbus Academy's student-run Service Board.
"Michael is an excellent student with a biting wit," said Melissa Soderberg, the academy's head of school. "He makes the most of his education here, combining service, academics, performing arts and athletics -- and he does so with aplomb."
Corporate scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.
Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends ranging from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.
Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Qi was one of 14 National Merit semifinalists from Columbus Academy's 2017 graduating class, which also has 14 National Merit commended students.
"So that means almost 30 percent of this year's Academy seniors (28 of 95) were recognized in the National Merit program, which is pretty much our yearly average," said Bob Lee, communications and marketing director. "You won't find another school in central Ohio even close to that percentage."
In addition to Qi, Academy's semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program include:
Ketan Agrawal, son of Dr. Rita and Dr. Amit Agrawal of New Albany; Raymond Cao, son of Xin Wen and Ge Cao of New Albany; Whitney Dankworth, son of Shannan and Charles Dankworth of New Albany; Parker Graham, son of Christina and Carl Graham of Italian Village; Aditya Jadcherla, son of Dr. Mohini and Dr. Sudarshan Jadcherla of Galena; Jasmine Lee, daughter of Teresa Lam and Dr. Jin-Fa Lee of New Albany; Sid Menon, son of Geeta and Raj Menon of Blacklick; Eric Min, son of Wei-Wei Wu and Dr. Gary Min of New Albany; Madeline Owen, daughter of Stephanie and Andrew Owen of Worthington; Tristan Rhee, son of Min and Hansel Rhee of New Albany; Gabriela Sterkowicz, daughter of Dr. Beata and Dr. Jerry Sterkowicz of New Albany; Karina Walter, daughter of Claudia and Blane Walter of New Albany; and Sarah Wexner, daughter of Abigail and Leslie Wexner of New Albany.
Its National Merit commended students include:
Caroline Anders, daughter of Teresa and Benjamin Anders of Gahanna; Jacinta Crestanello, daughter of Patricia Ansorena and Dr. Juan Crestanello of New Albany; Audrey Grammel, daughter of Dr. Andrea Sweazy-Grammel and Dr. David Grammel of Canal Winchester; Chiru Gunawardena, son of Shamantha Gunawardena of New Albany and Dr. Yamani Gunawardena of Powell; Austin Ho, son of Dr. Jennifer Young and Dr. George Ho of Gahanna; Hamza Kashubeck, son of Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin and Dr. John Kashubeck of Dublin; Tommy Mampieri, son of Amy and Tony Mampieri of Westerville; Tia Proicou, daughter of Stephanie and George Proicou of Gahanna; Max Rocco, son of Caroline and Dr. James Rocco of Powell; Murphy Rubcich, daughter of Cynthia and David Rubcich of Westerville; Nathan Sardo, son of Alicja and Dr. James Sardo of New Albany; Matthew Schmitz, son of Elizabeth and Patrick Schmitz of Lewis Center; Jessica Shen, daughter of Dana Wu and Jeff Shen of Powell; and Michael Zhang, son of Ling Zhao and Howard Zhang of Dublin.