EVANSTON, ILLINOIS -- National Merit Scholarship Corporation named Steven Y. Pei, a student at Groton-Dunstable Regional High School, as one of this year's National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. Pei's probable career field is medicine.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees are chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program.

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.

These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools.