By Sarah Plummer
Woodrow Wilson High School senior Mihir Dave is the only National Merit Scholarship winner in southern West Virginia and one of only 13 in the state.
Dave said he will be using the $2,500 scholarship this fall as he enters the University of Pittsburgh. He hopes to major in biology and eventually become a physician.
He said winning the scholarship was both exciting and an honor.
Today the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program announced 2,500 winners from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists.
According to the national program, winners in each state are judged to have the strongest combination of acco g the finalists’ grades, the difficulty of classes taken, standardized test scores, community involvement, school leadership, an essay written by the finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official.
Students may use their $2,500 scholarship at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
The 2013 National Merit Scholarship begin in October 2011 when 1.5 million juniors in the United States took a qualifying test. One percent of the nation’s high school seniors were named semifinalists and only 8,000 across the country were deemed Merit Scholars and awarded a total of $35 million.
In addition to receiving the National Merit Scholarship, Dave has received a $1,000 scholarship from Raleigh General Hospital for earning more than 350 volunteer hours and will receive the Sherman Covey Trail Award for Excellence in English from the Beckley Kiwanis Club on Thursday.
Dave is also a semifinalist in the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program and graduating summa cum laude from Woodrow Wilson High School.
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