Bolingbrook High School senior Suraj “Neil” Sheth has been named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation Finalist.
As a Finalist, Sheth now becomes a candidate for the coveted Merit Scholarship award which is based on ability, skills, and accomplishments. NMSC selectors will evaluate his academic record, information about the school's curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, written recommendations, information about the student's activities and leadership, and an essay.
NMSC selects roughly 8,000 scholarship winners from March through mid-June.
Sheth, who scored a perfect 800 on the biology and chemistry SAT subject tests he took in early October and ranks second in the BHS Class of 2014, is also a President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award winner.
He is an active member of the BHS Scholastic Bowl squad, the Speech Team and Science Club, is President of the Environmental Club and the Asian American Club, and is the founder of the new Model UN at BHS. He also helped found and is President of the Future STEM and Health Care Leaders of America.
As a junior he was a finalist in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad competition, coming within an eyelash of earning a trip to the International Olympiad in Russia. He also won the Silver Medal in the Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering state competition.
Last summer Sheth conducted neuroscience research at the Harvard University. He hopes to obtain both an MD and a PhD in neuroscience.