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Two SCVTHS student winners of the National Merit Scholarship

(l-r) SCVTHS Student winners in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program
Aromal Suresh of Bridgewater and Janum Shah of Belle Mead.




Aromal Suresh of Bridgewater has been selected as a winner of the National Merit Novartis Scholarship sponsored by Novartis US Foundation.

Janum Shah of Belle Mead has been selected as a winner of a National Merit $2500 Scholarship.  This Scholarship is underwritten by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) with its own funds.

Diane Ziegler, principal of Somerset County Vocational & Technical High School, announced today that Janum Shah of Belle Mead and Aromal Suresh of Bridgewater have been named Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist standing. About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholarship® title.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 410 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

For more information, contact James Strickhart at or (908) 526-8900, x7169.