Lia Sprouse named National Merit Scholar

Carolina Day School senior Lia Sprouse has been awarded a National Merit® $2500 Scholarship. She is one of 2,500 Merit Scholar designees chosen from a talent pool of approximately 16,000 outstanding finalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program.

An accomplished scholar and student-athlete, Sprouse plans to attend Duke University in the fall. Opportunities for undergrad research factored heavily during her college search. "I want to major in chemistry when I get to college, and I want to be on a pre-med track," said Sprouse. "I want to conduct as much research as possible as an undergraduate." Sprouse has a passion for scientific research and it was the opportunity to take on an independent research project—studying the chemical properties of native plants such as dogwood trees—that drew her to Carolina Day. [Watch video - Student profile: Lia Sprouse ‘21]

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.