Grant Fuller Named Semifinalist in National Merit Scholarship Program
Congratulations to Westminster senior Grant Fuller for being named a 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist!
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955 and exists to honor individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Upper School students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test - which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year - and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements. Of this year's entrants, 50,000 students were recognized as high scorers. Just 16,000 students in the nation qualify as semifinalists.
Grant has qualified based on his high PSAT scores taken in the 2018-19 school year and as a result, is designated as one of the highest-scoring entrants in the state of Georgia. When asked about the exciting recognition, Grant exclaims that this scholarship process has motivated him for future endeavors.
"I am extremely excited to go to college next year to continue my studies, gaining this scholarship would be an honor," stated Grant. "I can't wait to continue to learn and to take courses on topics related to my planned major."
Grant's top college choices include Clemson, Wofford, Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Furman. He plans to major in health sciences with a minor in business, with the dream of becoming an oral surgeon.
Throughout his high school career, Grant has been involved in a variety of leadership opportunities as a member of the varsity baseball and football teams, a member of the student-founded and run organization Youth for the Cure, and as a member of the Student Leadership Team. He attributes Westminster for helping prepare him for the road ahead.
Westminster has taught me how to allocate my time well, Grant stated. "Through small class sizes and study halls, I have learned how to study and prepare academically. I think that is one great skill that I am able to take with me to college."
As Grant prepares for graduation in May 2020 he leaves a message for all current and rising freshman at Westminster.
"Enjoy your high school experience! It does not feel that long ago when I was in your shoes at my first football game as a freshman at Westminster. Take time to enjoy everything around you and don't be afraid to ask for help from teachers, friends, and classmates."