New Rochelle High School senior Momir I. Petrovic has been named a winner of the prestigious National Merit Scholarship, one of just 3,000 winners in the nation announced this week.
National Merit Scholarships are financed by U.S. colleges and universities with officials of each sponsor college selecting their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. Momir’s sponsor college is Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which he will attend in the fall to study computer science.
The Merit Scholarship program recognizes talented high school seniors with outstanding academic achievement.
High school juniors entered the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2021 Preliminary SAT. To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists submitted a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, over 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2023.
"New Rochelle High School celebrates with tremendous pride the success of Momir," said NRHS Principal Dr. Dagoberto Artiles. "We are extremely grateful for the efforts of the incredible teachers who supported and inspired him to be a high achiever. I also want to thank Momir’s parents and our central office and board of education for supporting us in providing a world class learning environment. Go Huguenots!!!"
At school, Momir is a board member of the Computer Science Honor Society. He is currently taking afternoon classes at Iona University.