By Matthew Piechalak | mpiechalak@francisparker.org 

Kainoa MacDonald and Pallavi Murthy, both Class of 2020, were recently selected as winners of the prestigious National Merit $2,500 Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced last week.  

The scholarship program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. According to NMSC, approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the program each year, of which roughly 7,600 finalists are selected to receive a Merit Scholarship.  

“I’m very fortunate to receive the NM Scholarship,” says Kainoa, who will attend UCLA this fall and major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology. “It will help ease the financial burden of college, which is always a big deal.” 

“I’m honored to be recognized among a very talented and bright pool of candidates,” says Pallavi. “I am thankful for the amazing faculty at Francis Parker who supported me in my studies.” 

Pallavi is attending UC Berkeley and majoring in Economics. 

For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org