SRHS Student Receives National Merit Scholarship

SRHS Student Receives National Merit Scholarship
Posted on 04/25/2018

DATE: April 25, 2018

Cristen McMillan
Phone: 772-564-5527 


Vero Beach, FL, April 25, 2018—The School District of Indian River County is proud to recognize Sebastian River High School student, Matt Maloney, as a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship. 

Matt has been accepted to the University of Florida to major in civil engineering. His favorite subject at Sebastian River High School (SRHS) is math, where he is a member of the math competition team, and his community service includes being president of "It's in the Bag," a student led and operated initiative, which provides meals to more than 400 students in our school district each week. When Matt isn’t working hard on his scholarly duties, he enjoys fishing.

 Matt and Heidi Maloney
SRHS Principal Racine, Matt Maloney, and Matthew’s mother, Heidi Maloney

 Matt Maloney
Matthew Maloney being recognized at April’s Board meeting with Dr. Rendell and SDIRC School Board Members

Matt, stated, “I am extremely thankful for the opportunities that this scholarship has created for my education and future career. It is very rewarding to see all my hard work and effort pay off. I'm glad I listened to the encouraging words of my parents who convinced me that all of this was possible."

SRHS Principal, Todd Racine, said, “Everyone at SRHS is extremely happy for Matthew on his selection as a National Merit Finalist. Matthew’s accomplishment is the result of many years of community involvement, rigorous International Baccalaureate curriculum, and the ability to stay focused on his goals. Matthew demonstrates outstanding character and a desire to chase perfection that has enabled him to meet the rigorous standards to qualify as a National Merit Finalist. Congratulations to Matthew and his family for such a prestigious recognition.

Matt’s IB English Teacher, Whitney Barnes, added, “I am thrilled for Matthew. He’s brilliant, focused and self-disciplined; traits equally matched by his kindness, compassion and strength of character. He’s the young man who delivers the perfect literary analysis of a rigorous text at the end of a long day of IB classes, then works tirelessly organizing and distributing vital meals to hundreds of food-insecure children in the area, then finds his restoration fishing with his buddies after his other obligations are met. Though his accomplishments seem effortless, his personal standard of excellence is one that has helped him achieve his National Merit recognition, and we are all so proud of him!”


Contact: 850-245-0413

Thirty-Four Florida Students Earn National Merit Scholarships

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 20, 2018 – This week, Commissioner Stewart commended the 34 Florida students who were honored as National Merit Scholarship recipients. The awards, funded by approximately 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations, recognize students who have excelled academically and demonstrated a commitment to improving their communities.

“This announcement highlights the fact that hard work truly does pay off, and I applaud these students on this tremendous accomplishment,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “In Florida, we are proud to offer students a high-quality education that prepares them to succeed in college, career and throughout their lives. I appreciate the scholarship’s sponsors for recognizing the importance of investing in our students’ futures and making it even more affordable for these students to pursue postsecondary education in Florida.”

Most National Merit corporate-sponsored scholarships are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends ranging from $500 to $10,000 per year, while some provide a single award amount between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their award at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, students must fulfill several requirements, including a detailed application that incorporates the student’s academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities and honors and awards received. The student must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn an SAT score that confirms their earlier high performance on thePreliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Students are selected based on exceptional skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholarships honor the nation's scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

The list of Florida’s National Merit Scholarship semifinalists can be found HERE.

For more information about the program, visit National Merit Scholarship Program.