EVANSTON, IL - Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the first group of winners in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Four of them are students who attend South Brunswick High School. South Brunswick was one of only three schools in New Jersey to have four students receive this honor.  No schools had more than four winners.

Rajat V. Peddinti's probable career field is Computer Science.  He has been awarded the South Brunswick high School National Merit ADP Henry Taub Memorial Scholarship. Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), with over $7 billion in revenues and 500,000 clients, is one of the largest independent computing services in the United States. Merit Scholarship awards are funded by the ADP Foundation for the children of ADP employees.

Praveen S. Parthasarathy's probable career field is Medicine. He has been awarded the South Brunswick High School National Merit Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Scholarship.  Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., annually awards scholarships to the children of active, full-time employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company U.S. divisions and subsidiaries. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based, diversified health care company whose principal businesses are pharmaceuticals, consumer products, nutritionals, and medical devices.

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Emily Hang's probable career field is Biology.  She is also a winner of the South Brunswick High School National Merit Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholarship.  Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., annually awards scholarships to the children of active, full-time employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company U.S. divisions and subsidiaries. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based, diversified health care company whose principal businesses are pharmaceuticals, consumer products, nutritionals, and medical devices.

 Allison Wenshan Li's Probable career field is Mechanical Engineering/Robotics.  She has also earned the South Brunswick High School Bristol-Myers Squibb National Merit Scholarship. Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Inc., annually awards scholarships to the children of active, full-time employees of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company U.S. divisions and subsidiaries. Bristol-Myers Squibb Company is a research-based, diversified health care company whose principal businesses are pharmaceuticals, consumer products, nutritionals and medical devices.

Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $1,000 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 of their choice. Over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.