Three local students win merit scholarships


Three local high school students – two from Menlo-Atherton High and one from Woodside High – have been named winners of individual $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corp., a privately funded nonprofit based in Illinois.

The M-A seniors are Christopher S. Iyer of Menlo Park and Maanek S. Sehgal of Woodside, according to a May 9 statement from National Merit. At Woodside High, the winner is senior Laurel R. Woods of Redwood City.

Iyer is interested in neuroscience as a career, the statement said; Sehgal and Woods are considering the field of computer science.

The 2,500 scholarship winners this year were chosen from a field of more than 15,000 finalists. The nonprofit will distribute scholarships totaling more than $31 million when the 2018 program concludes, the statement said.

Scholarship awards are based on an appraisal of a student's academic record, including the difficulty of the subject matter, grades, standardized test scores, leadership in school, community activities and an essay. A recommendation from a high school official is also a factor.


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