OSHS Senior Awarded Merit Scholarship

OSHS Senior Awarded Merit Scholarship
Posted on 04/30/2020
Lighthouse Logo   Isabella Carlo

Old Saybrook High School Senior Awarded Prestigious National Merit Scholarship 


Isabella Carlo, Senior at Old Saybrook High School, has been recognized as a National Merit Scholar and is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship. Of the 1.5 million students who were entered into the National Merit Scholarship, Carlo found herself in a pool of only 16,000 other students (less than one percent of seniors) across the country as a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship based on her exemplary PSAT scores. 


To become a National Merit Scholarship finalist, Carlo completed a scholarship application, which included an essay, information about her extracurricular activities, awards she had won during her high school career, and any leadership positions she held within the school and community. Finalists also had to provide transcripts which demonstrated consistent, outstanding academic performance. According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, scholarship winners were the finalists determined to “have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.” Carlo managed to check every box, and she was announced as one of 7,500 National Merit Scholarship Winners in late March. 


Discussing her reaction to being named a scholarship winner, Carlo stated, “When I first heard about the competition before my junior year, I thought it was something fantastic to strive for, and I did a lot of preparation and studying for the PSAT. When I found out that I was a semi-finalist, I was initially surprised because I knew the field was very competitive, but I am really grateful for the award and for the opportunity to make my education more affordable.” 


Ms. Carlo, who will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 2020, plans to major in Physics and minor in Astronomy. Her hope is to advance into a medical degree and eventually begin research into the effects of prolonged space travel on the human body in an effort to aid with future deep space exploration efforts.”