• Paul Abrams
    May 22, 2017
    USC senior earns National Merit Bayer Scholarship

    Upper St. Clair High School senior Paul Abrams has been named a National Merit Bayer Scholarship recipient. The scholarship, sponsored by Bayer USA Foundation, provides an annual award of $2,000 for up to four years of undergraduate study.

    Paul, who will be attending Brown University in Providence, R.I., is one of approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored National Merit award recipients. Students entered the scholarship competition by completing the PSAT, the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, during their junior year.

    From approximately 1.5 million students who entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 – the top one percent – were named Semifinalists. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance.

    The program awards three types of scholarships: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships and College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships.

    According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, “The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.” For more information regarding the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit: www.nationalmerit.org.