The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics (GSSM) is pleased to announce that Zachary Klein, GSSM Class of 2016, has been named a National Merit $2500 Scholarship winner.
Zachary Klein, son of Jeff and Brenda Klein of Aiken County, will attend Clemson University in the fall. He is considering a career in computer programming.
The Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program, according to a news release from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
National Merit $2500 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.
The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. They 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.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation finances most of the single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through the corporation also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited college or university in the United States.