Two LSU Laboratory School Seniors Awarded National Merit Scholarships

sam and lucyBATON ROUGE – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Wednesday, May 8, that LSU Laboratory School seniors Samuel Adjei and Lucy Nguyen are among this year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners. Their outstanding academic achievements, leadership qualities, and dedication to their studies have earned them this esteemed recognition.

Samuel Adjei and Lucy Nguyen are among the select group of students nationwide to receive this honor, distinguishing themselves through their academic excellence and commitment to scholarly pursuits.

Principal Aimee Welch-James expressed her admiration for the students' achievements, stating, "We are incredibly proud of Samuel and Lucy for being named National Merit Scholarship winners. Their hard work, intellectual curiosity, and leadership within our school community have set them apart as exceptional scholars. This recognition is a testament to their dedication and the outstanding education provided by University Laboratory School."

Adjei will attend Dartmouth College in the fall and plans to major in Biomedical Engineering. Nguyen is attending Fordham University and plans to pursue a degree in Political Science.

“We are thrilled to see what the future holds for Samuel and Lucy and we know they will both make a mark on the world upon graduation.” Said Welch-James.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2022 when high school juniors took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state-representational basis.

More than 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

From the Semifinalist group, over 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2024 program, more than 6,870 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of nearly $26 million in college scholarships.

Samuel Adjei and Lucy Nguyen's achievement reflects not only their individual commitment to excellence but also the supportive environment and rigorous academic programs offered at the LSU Laboratory School.