EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Four students at East Brunswick High School have been awarded scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for 2020.

Sarah Adams, Sophie Brown, Jackson Lee and Belinda Zhang each were awarded National Merit scholarships supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's own funds.

Adams intends to study medicine at Rutgers University. Brown has an interest in writing and also will be attending Rutgers. Lee is planning to study computer science at Rutgers. Zhang is planning to study pharmacy at Rutgers.

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These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition to about 4,100.
 
This year, 167 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 92 private and 75 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

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.

These 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.