South High seniors awarded college-sponsored merit scholarships

South High seniors awarded college-sponsored merit scholarships
Kanheng Lin (left) and Alok Karkare (right) are 2023 recipients of college-sponsored scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship. (Photo courtesy of the Great Neck Public Schools)

Two seniors at South High School have been announced as recipients of college-sponsored scholarships through the prestigious 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program.

College-sponsored scholarships have been awarded to Alok Karkare, National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship, and Kanheng Lin, National Merit Emory University Scholarship.

Alok and Kanheng are among approximately 3,000 distinguished high school seniors nationwide who were announced as college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship recipients on June 7.

An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients to about 3,800.

These awards are financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

The National Merit Scholarship Program includes several rounds of evaluation. The first round recognizes high school seniors as commended students based on their outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Less than 1% of the highest-scoring entrants in each state advance as semifinalists in September, followed by the announcement of finalists in February.

This year, the National Merit Scholarship Program recognized 57 commended students, 27 semifinalists, and 26 finalists from the Great Neck Public Schools.

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