Evan Skaja, senior at Maple Grove Senior High, has won a National Merit Scholarship from the University of Minnesota. He is one of 3,000 winners of a National Merit Scholarship financed by U.S. colleges and universities. 

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 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. Winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

While at Maple Grove Senior High, Evan has participated in varsity football, club basketball, math team, Link Crew, National Honor Society, served as a peer tutor, taken 8 Advanced Placement (AP) classes, and taken classes at the University of Minnesota. He is also a U.S. Presidential Scholar, one of the highest national honors bestowed on graduating seniors. Evan is interested in studying biomedical engineering.

College-sponsored National Merit Scholarships range between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. National Merit Scholarship Corporation bestows a variety of scholarships. In addition to the college-sponsored Merit Scholarships, they facility corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships and $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million. Eligible candidates qualifying for National Merit Scholarship recognition represent the top 3% of PSAT testers nationally and just over half of those candidates go on to earn a National Merit Scholarship.