LIVINGSTON, NJ — Two 2019 graduates of Livingston High School are among the 540 additional winners of of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

Isabella Tang and Winnie Zhu of Livingston each have received scholarships. Tang will attend Case Western Reserve University located in Cleveland, where she intends to study biology. Zhu will be majoring in finance at Rutgers University.

These Merit Scholar designees join more than 3,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in June.

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To become a finalist, each Semifinalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay, describing leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, showing an outstanding academic record, and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official.

Semifinalists also had to take the SAT and earn scores that confirmed their performance on the initial qualifying test. From the Semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists were chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships.