2021 US National Merit Scholars

The National Merit® Scholarship Program has recognized 12 University School seniors as Semifinalists and Commended students in the 2021 competition.

Semifinalist students are among those who earned the highest scores on the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The semifinalists are Peter Bambakidis, Vincent Chen, Ethan Jiang, Stefan Leonard, and Abraham Paik. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.  

Commended students are among those who earned high scores on the 2019 PSAT/NMSQT. Of the approximately 1.5 million high school students who take the PSAT each year, 34,000 receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. University School Commended students are Michael Faeges, Rohan Krishnamurthi, David Meyers, Sunay Rastogi, Ian Swain, James Xu, and Daniel Yan.

From approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 students are expected to advance to the Finalist level in February. The designation is the first step toward becoming a National Merit Scholarship winner. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Every Finalist will compete for one of the 7,600 National Merit Scholarships. They are announced beginning in April.
Congratulations to our scholars!

Shaker Heights Campus

20701 Brantley Road
Shaker Heights, Ohio 44122
GRADES Junior K-8
Phone: 216-321-8260

Hunting Valley Campus

2785 SOM Center Road
Hunting Valley, Ohio 44022
Phone: 216-831-2200
University School serves 840 boys in Junior Kindergarten to grade 12 on two campuses in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The School’s mission is to inspire boys of promise to become young men of character who lead and serve. Dedicated faculty, rigorous curriculum, and experiential programs foster intellectual, physical, creative, and moral excellence.