Meaghan Lyons plans to attend Notre Dame this fall

Second National Merit Scholarship winner named
Posted on 05/09/2019
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Thursday, May 9, 2019

Hilton Head Island High senior is district’s
second National Merit Scholarship winner

BLUFFTON – A Hilton Head Island High School senior has been named as the Beaufort County School District’s second National Merit Scholarship winner.

Meaghan Lyons competed with 15,000 national finalists to earn one of 7,600 college scholarships worth more than $31 million.  She plans to attend the University of Notre Dame and double-major in Business Analytics and Applied Mathematics.  While at Notre Dame, Lyons will be a member of the Fighting Irish Women’s Swimming and Diving Team.  Upon graduation, she hopes to become a statistician.

“Meaghan is an outstanding and multitalented student, someone the entire community can be very proud of,” said Interim Superintendent Herb Berg. 

Lyons’ national recognition came in the second round of announcements by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.  May River High’s Faith Shupard was named last month.

About 1.6 million high school juniors from more than 22,000 American high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

To advance to the final round of competition, each semifinalist had to submit a detailed application that provided information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, leadership abilities, honors and awards.  In addition, each semifinalist had to be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirmed the student’s earlier score on the qualifying test.

Eventual scholarship winners were the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit established in 1955, and its scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and more than 400 businesses and higher education institutions.