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UCS grad among 15 statewide to receive new merit scholarship award
UCS grad among 15 statewide to receive new merit scholarship award
Posted on 07/14/2020
Studio PhotoA Utica Community Schools graduate is among 3,300 students in the nation and one of only 15 in Michigan to earn an additional scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Aaryan Patel, of Henry Ford II High School, earned a National Merit Scholarship grant financed by U.S. colleges and universities. He also attended the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology. 

Patel was a valedictorian at Henry Ford II High School, member of the National Honor Society and a UCS Advanced Placement Scholar.  He is also a candidate for UCS Seal of Global Language.

Students were offered scholarships between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study through National Merit programs funded by colleges and universities.

Students initially qualify for the Merit program by being among the top one percent of students in the country taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

This year, the Utica Community Schools had nine National Merit Scholars who were named finalists for eligible scholarships. Scholars represent the top one percent of all U.S. high school graduates in terms of academic ability.

Patel received his honor in the second round of the college-based scholarship awards. Earlier this spring, Leo Barrios, of Eisenhower High School and Kirthika Krishnan, of Stevenson High School, earned National Merit Scholarships grant financed by U.S. colleges and universities.