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Standout scholar

The National Honor Society (NHS) announced that Simren Jayaraman, a senior at Seneca Valley Senior High School and member of NHS, has been selected as an NHS Scholarship semifinalist. S. Jayarman

Recipients are chosen based on their demonstrated work to support the four pillars of NHS: scholarship, service, leadership and character. Miss Jayarman was chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants and will receive a $3,200 scholarship toward higher education.

“Service has always been ingrained in my life, and as a recipient of this award, I am honored to serve as an example in leadership and service to my underclassmen,” stated Miss Jayaraman. “I am grateful to receive and utilize this scholarship from the National Honors Society to continue my aspirations to become a doctor and serve my community.”

In the 100 years since NHS was founded in 1921, members have been making a difference in their schools and communities, and the NHS Scholarship is the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) way of recognizing the most exceptional of these student leaders.

“The phrase ‘above and beyond’ is an understatement to the level of commitment I've seen Simren put into everything she does - from classwork- to community service- to creating art- to friendships - she always seems to give her most and her best which are above and beyond quantitative words - I am thrilled that NHS has recognized her impassioned spirit with this award,” exclaimed Seneca Valley Senior High School Art Teacher and NHS Adviser Megan Bonistalli.

Since 1946, more than $19 million in scholarships have been awarded to outstanding NHS senior members to support college access and student success. The scholarship program is supported by the parent organization of NHS, the NASSP.

For more information about the NHS, the scholarship, and the 2021 recipients, visit