DFW high school students win National Merit scholarships

Several area high school students have been awarded $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Program, officials announced Wednesday.

The organization announced the 2,500 winners of a one-time scholarship to attend college in the United States.

About 1.5 million juniors competed in the program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. About 16,000 were named semifinalists. This year, about 8,300 seniors will receive scholarships worth more than $35 million.

Local winners, schools and probable career field:


Nikhil Arora, Lamar High, medicine

Victoria Lu-Yi Chang, Martin High, nutrition science/research


Lea D. Coligado, Grapevine High, biology

Jennifer N. Wray, Colleyville Heritage High, undecided


Rajiv V. Alluri, Colleyville Heritage High, medicine

Sean K. Erfurt, Trinity High, psychiatry

Zirui Xiao, Colleyville Heritage High, biology/medicine

Fort Worth

Shree Bose, Fort Worth Country Day, biology

Max Brozynski, Paschal High, law

Tiffany Y. Ge, Trinity Valley, neuroscience

Charles Jang, Paschal High, medicine

Meera K. Namireddy, Trinity Valley, medicine

Catherine A. Nikiel, Keller Central High, history/geophysics


Rayna L. Smith, Mansfield High, math

North Richland Hills

Alycia L. Smith, Richland High, medicine


Hersh M. Trivedi, Oakridge School, medical research


Patrick Liu, Carroll Senior High, engineering