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Nationwide Benefit semifinalists named: MHS leads the state in college students vying for the educational honor

Eighteen space highschool seniors are in elite educational firm as we speak.

They have been named semifinalists for the 2024 Nationwide Benefit Scholarships program, the group introduced.

The nominees will now be part of round 16,000 of their counterparts throughout the nation. Greater than 7,000 scholarships are awarded yearly.

Morgantown Excessive Faculty notched probably the most nominees in West Virginia with 14; College Excessive boasted 2; and one apiece at Preston Excessive and Grafton have been additionally named.

Throughout the state, one home-schooler from Martinsburg was additionally named. No constitution college college students from the Mountain State certified for the educational award this yr.  

The semifinalists:

Morgantown Excessive

Colin Addie

Matthew Bellisario

Pratham Bhanushali,

Marcus Hatfield

Olivia Johnson

Wyatt Kozel

Shawn Li

Douglas Liu

Cainen Pinkerton

Sawyer Rudy

Lauren Shen

Steven Tian

Katherine Wang

Grace Yan

College Excessive

Helen Honecker

Andrew Kisner

Preston Excessive

Margot Cerbone

Grafton Excessive

Justin Gainer

The above are a part of the 63 complete seniors throughout the state who earned their strategy to the dignity.

Thirty-one excessive colleges have been represented, together with 5 home-schoolers, together with the Mon County contingent.

George Washington Excessive in Charleston and Ona’s Cabell-Midland Excessive every boasted 5 candidates apiece, to tie for second behind Morgantown Excessive.

Nationally, the semifinalists make up lower than 1% of all seniors within the U.S., the group mentioned.

After the finalists are named in February, they’ll vie for $28 million in scholarships.

The Nationwide Benefit Scholarship program was born of the Chilly Conflict in 1955, over issues the U.S. was lagging intellectually on the planet.

Its objectives, the group mentioned, have been to encourage younger college students to develop their full educational {and professional} potential.

After passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, this system expanded with its Nationwide Achievement Scholarship Program for high-achieving Black college students.

Scholarships from the nonprofit group are underwritten with its personal funds and 400 supporting companies nationwide.

Greater than 350,000 have earned the Benefit Scholar title since 1955. Previous Nationwide Benefit finalists, in the meantime, embody Microsoft founder Invoice Gates, blues guitarist Elvin Bishop and filmmaker M. Evening Shyamalan.

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