Westborough – Westborough High School senior Nishka Pant is one of the winners of the 2020 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. She will be attending Brown University as an undergraduate freshman in the fall focusing on computer science and neuroscience.
Pant has also been named the WHS 2020 Valedictorian.
Over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to finalist standing, including completing a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn excellent standardized test scores.
By the conclusion of the 2020 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $30 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.