National Merit Scholarship | Two South Pasadenans Declared Winners

Yilin Wu and Eli H.P. Grossman are prestigious 2019 National Merit Scholarship winners

Two South Pasadena students have been named 2019 National Merit Scholars.

Yilin Wu, a South Pasadena High student, who looks to a probable career in mathematics, and local resident Eli H.P. Grossman, who attends Polytechnic School in Pasadena, who looks to focus on biology in the future, have earned a spot on the prestigious 2019 National Merit Scholarship list.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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National Merit $2,500 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.

Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who 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.