More than 50 recent graduates of area high schools were named National Merit Scholars for 2019, receiving scholarship funds to use for their college education. Fewer than 1 percent of graduating seniors across the nation received National Merit distinction.

Cliff Jones, chief academic officer for Fulton County Schools, noted the achievements of these students highlight the success of the district’s focus on academics.

“We are extremely proud of our Fulton students who have achieved excellence and are being recognized through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation,” said Jones. “These students have proven themselves to be academically talented and nationally competitive.”

The scholarship awards were distributed in three rounds. The first awards in April were corporate-sponsored scholarships financed by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations. 

Of the 1,000 scholarships awarded in this round, 18 went to Fulton Schools’ students. Qualifying students were identified through exceptionally high scores on the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The second group of winners, which included 15 Fulton Schools graduates, were awarded the Nation Merit Scholar distinction in May. The award includes a $2,500 cash scholarship to use at a college or university of their choice. 

Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, tasked with reviewing academic records, standardized test scores, contributions and examples of leadership, a written essay and a recommendation by a high school official.

The third pool of 3,500 National Merit scholars were announced in June and included 18 Fulton graduates who received college-sponsored scholarships. Officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among the previously announced finalists who plan to attend their institution. 

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced July 15, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition to about 4,100. 


2019 National Merit Scholars

from Fulton County Schools:

Corporate-sponsored award winners


Alpharetta - Sidhesh Desai, Justin Zandstra

Chattahoochee - Andy Luo, Brandon Wei, Harrison Feng Zhu

Johns Creek - Tyler Bierfreund

Milton - Niraj Jinan, Erin Joyce

Northview - Safa Ahmed, Alina Baiju, Sruti Chitluri, Constantin Claassen, Annie Feng, Evan Ouyang, Priya Rajeev, Richa Sehgal, Jonathan Zheng, Sheri Ann Zhang 


National Merit Scholar distinction:

Alpharetta - Dheeraj Eidnani, Jake Hopkins

Chattahoochee - Ellie Wong, Marylyn Chen, Emily Guo

Johns Creek - Victoria Chen, Sarah McWhirter, Samuel Song

Milton - David Owen Schertz, Mira Mutnick

Northview - Lawrence He, Youngho Lim, Ayush Nene, Nidhi Pai, Livia I. Tibuleac


College-sponsored recipients:

Alpharetta - Syed Haider, Matthew


Cambridge - Austin Farr, Christopher Fettes

Centennial - Christine Pang

Chattahoochee - Andrew Kreitner, Nithyashre Rajasekar, Morgan Giles, Shyla Tolani

Johns Creek - Rajath Bappanad, William Goldstein, Alexander Hayes

Northview - Amy Tau, Kelsey Ahn, Brijal Chokshi, Nithya Mahakala, Simon Yan

Roswell - Lena Krone

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