Serena Lin ’19 has been selected as a winner of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. After completing the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) in October 2017 alongside 1.6 million additional U.S. students, Serena entered the cohort of 15,000 finalists in late February. She is one of just 2,500 winners selected from across the country.

From the National Merit Scholarship Corporation: “All winners of Merit Scholarship awards are chosen from the Finalist group based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments—without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. A variety of information is available for NMSC selectors to evaluate: the Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay.”

Serena is a member of the Cum Laude Society and the National Chinese Honor Society. She has earned several honors for her writing and poetry, including a commended poet designation from the UK Poetry Society, a silver medal at the national level of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and a finalist ranking in the Writing Category from the National YoungArts Foundation.