By: Karen Krynen
Don Bosco Technical Institute (Bosco Tech) senior Aman Kumar has been named a semifinalist in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Kumar is one of approximately 16,000 students from across the country who earned the designation and now have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $30 million that will be offered next spring.
The semi-finalists represent less than 1 percent of all high-school seniors in the U.S. According to a press release from the National Merit Scholarship Program, about 95 percent of the semi-finalists will be named as finalists for the scholarship. Of those finalists, about half will win a scholarship.
Kumar, who is in Bosco Tech’s Computer Science & Electrical Engineering program, recently completed a summer internship at The Boeing Company. Co-founder of the Tech’s Techmen Tutoring peer program and ASB senior class and National Honor Society president, he also recently earned the Harvard Prize Book, an award given by the alumni of Harvard University to top-performing juniors and seniors in nearly 2,000 high schools from around the world.
“We’re incredibly proud of Aman and his achievement,” said Bosco Tech Principal Jeff Krynen. “He is representative of the type of student we graduate—hard working, dedicated, and focused on excellence in both their academics and their extracurricular activities.”
The only Catholic applied science high school of its kind in the U.S., Bosco Tech uniquely combines a rigorous college-preparatory program with STEM-based studies. The innovative approach allows students to exceed university admissions requirements while completing extensive integrated coursework in one of six technology and engineering fields, including the newest program, Biological, Medical and Environmental Technology. Bosco Tech has a college acceptance rate of 100 percent, with the majority of graduates pursuing STEM-related post-secondary majors. The school is located at 1151 San Gabriel Boulevard, Rosemead, 91770. More information is available at www.boscotech.edu.