Update 1:27 p.m.: Pennsbury Communications Director Ann Langtry confirmed two students from Pennsbury High School also received the award. Their names are Miles Borowsky and Christian McKernan.

Two Council Rock North students have earned the prestigious National Merit $2500 Scholarship, the NMSC announced Wednesday. The award is given to outstanding students for their accomplishments, academic rigor, and other skills.

As it has every year, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation chose 2,500 students from high schools throughout the United States. It chose the Scholars from a pool of more than 15,000 potential winners.

Each candidate also had to submit a written essay to the selection committee. Recommendations from high school officials, standardized test scores, and contributions to their local communities also factored into the decision.

Frank Y. Kim and Margaret M. Zheng now both have an extra cushion to pay for college, and a honorable award for their resumes. These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.

About 1.6 million students take the qualifying exam each year, and only 50,000 of the highest scores even make it to the next round.

Founded in 1955, the NMSC is a not-for-profit organization with the purpose of recognizing exceptional students. Each scholarship is funded by a collective of 400 independent and corporate sponsors.