National Merit Scholars

 

May 8, 2014

 

Congratulations to the four Anchorage School District winners of National Merit Scholarships.

 

Contact: Eileen Artemakis or Matthew Budreau Phone: (847) 866-5100
Public Information E-mail: mediainfo@nmerit.net
Website: www.nationalmerit.org

 

Today's release is the second announcement of winners in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. On April 23, about 1,000 recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards were named, and on May 28 and July 14, some 4,500 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced. By the conclusion of this year's competition, about 8,000 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth over $35 million.

 

National Merit® $2500 Scholarship Winners

(Evanston, Illinois) Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced this year's National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were 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 offi cers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including diffi culty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

 

NMSC fi nances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

 

2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition

This year's competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2012 when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation's high school seniors, were named Semifi nalists on a state representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifi nalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition.

 

From the Semifi nalist group, 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2014 program, about 8,000 Finalists will have earned the "Merit Scholar" title and received a total of over $35 million in college scholarships.

 

NMSC, a not-for-profi t corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifi cally to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC's goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.

 

Sawyer Birnbaum ANCHORAGE 99516

Probable career field: Undecided

WEST ANCHORAGE H. S., ANCHORAGE

NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP

This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation's own funds.

 

Madelyn S. Boslough ANCHORAGE 99501

Probable career field: Renewable Energy

WEST ANCHORAGE H. S., ANCHORAGE

NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP

This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation's own funds.

 

Thomas A. Krasnican ANCHORAGE 99516

Probable career field: Homeland Security

ROBERT SERVICE H. S., ANCHORAGE

HONORARY MERIT SCHOLARSHIP

An Honorary Merit Scholarship award signifies that the Scholar's educational plans or other awards preclude receipt of a monetary

scholarship. The student's name is included in the public announcement in recognition of distinguished performance in

the competition.

 

Eli N. Shayer ANCHORAGE 99515

Probable career field: Engineering

WEST ANCHORAGE H. S., ANCHORAGE

NATIONAL MERIT $2500 SCHOLARSHIP

This award is supported by National Merit Scholarship Corporation's own funds.


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