Apr 19, 2017

PHSC’s Zak Sharif Wins National Merit Scholarship

Central senior, Zak Sharif

Pickerington High School Central senior Zakaria Sharif is one of this year’s recipients of a Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

Sharif is the son of Mahbubur and Faith Sharif. He is considering majoring in film and business, and will attend either Yale University or Stanford University.

Sharif is one of 7,500 finalists to receive one of the scholarships, which total $32 million. Specifically, Sharif will receive a Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship sponsored by Macy’s Inc. (NMSC will announce additional winners later this year.)

National Merit recipients are selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and who met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

More than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In September 2016, 16,000 semifinalists were announced. Those students represented the top one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to finalist standing. This included a detailed application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also have to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance.

Most of these rewards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $5,000 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.

Congratulations, Zak! You make Pickerington proud!