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Cibola senior named National Merit Scholarship finalist

Cibola High School senior Mohamed Abdella was named a finalist in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Corporation competition.

Finalists for the scholarship award are among the top 1 percent of the initial entrants. Overall, about 15,000 of the 1.6 million students who entered are named finalists each year.  

“I would like to extend thanks to the National Merit Scholarship Committee for their immense generosity,” Abdella said. “With their push and encouragement, I’m excited to begin my path through post-secondary education and pursue a career in medicine.”

Cibola Counseling Director Kari Lofton added: “I am very proud and excited Mohamed has been named a National Merit Finalist. This title serves as a true representation of his strong work ethic and gifted intelligence. He is a young man with so much promise and who has the ability to make a large impact on society. Mohamed Abdella is one-of-a-kind!”

According to the website, the National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.  Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Kevin Swearingin