Six Lake Washington School District students receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships

    Redmond, Wash. – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today that six Lake Washington School District (LWSD) students will receive National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Fifty students were selected statewide for these awards. 

    The students receiving National Merit $2500 Scholarships are:

    • Shiven S. Bhatt (Redmond), Redmond High School
    • Alexia N. Friedman (Redmond), Nikola Tesla STEM High School
    • Grace Kim (Redmond), Redmond High School
    • Kenneth W. Ma (Redmond), Redmond High School
    • Nithish B. Narasimman (Redmond), Juanita High School
    • Meghna J. Shankar (Redmond), Redmond High School

    These students are six of the 2,500 distinguished high school seniors nationwide to win this scholarship. They were selected from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

    National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. They select students based on their academic record including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist and a recommendation written by a high school official. These scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.


    About Lake Washington: Lake Washington School District is a high-performing public school district serving Kirkland, Redmond, and Sammamish, Washington. It is the third largest district in the state of Washington, with nearly 30,000 students in 54 schools.