Eva Jolan Farkas, of Pittston, a student at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in Limestone, has been named a recipient of a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. The award is supported by national Merit Scholarship Corporation’s own funds, according to a news release from the corporation in Evanston, Illinois.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists.

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, according to the release.

These scholars were selected by a committee 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.

Farkas’ probable career field is pharmaceutical science.


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