Education: Lift for the Lopsided

Lift for the Lopdises

Stung by the charge that it favors "grade-getters" and penalizes creative students, the nation's biggest private dispenser of college scholarships last week revamped its selection system. To this year's 850 "wellrounded" winners, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. is adding 85 "lopsided" types in four new categories. Sample winners in each category:

¶ A Maryland boy who acts, paints, writes wild science-fiction, charts the orbits of imaginary planets and understandably gets middling grades. "An individual fighting a conformist world," he is now on his way to Harvard College as one of 25...