Seoul American HS student wins national scholarship
Russell Midomaru, a senior at Seoul American High School, has been named one of nine regional winners of a National Honor Society (NHS) scholarship from the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).
One hundred and fifty state finalists were initially chosen from among nearly 6,000 applicants. From these, 53 state winners were selected. Nine regional winners were then picked, with each receiving a $3,000 college scholarship.
“I am very happy to have won this prestigious award. I never expected to win any level of this scholarship because the level of competition was high and very selective. I am truly glad to have put my time and effort into this scholarship,” said Midomaru.
Participating National Honor Society chapters at U.S. high schools around the world nominated seniors to compete in this year’s program. Finalists were selected on the basis of their leadership skills, participation in service organizations, clubs and other student groups at school and in the community, and their academic record. As a regional winner, Midomaru has been judged to be one of the top nine NHS members this school year.
“We are proud to recognize Midomaru for his outstanding achievements and contributions to his school,” said David Cordts, NHS associate director.
While at Seoul American High School (SAHS), Midomaru has been on the Korea Army Teen Panel; was the Most Valuable Player and captain of the boys tennis team; served as vice president of NHS, vice president of S.H.A.R.E., secretary of the Engineering Club, and as an officer in the Model United Nations; and was involved in several leadership activities outside of school, including the Keystone Club. This fall, he plans to study aerospace/mechanical engineering at UCLA.
“It is an honor for Russell to be selected as a state finalist, a state winner, and a regional winner. Russell and his parents should be very proud of his accomplishments,” said SAHS principal Richard Schlueter.