National Merit® Scholarship winners

 

July 18, 2016

 

This news release is shared on behalf of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

 

NEWS RELEASE


Contact: Eileen Artemakis or Matthew Budreau

Phone: (847) 866-5100
Public Information E-mail: mediainfo@nmerit.net
Website: www.nationalmerit.org

 

This is the last group of National Merit Scholar designees to be announced in 2016 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). In three spring releases, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, National Merit® $2500 Scholarship awards, and the first group of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.

 

(Evanston, Illinois) Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced over 800 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 3,000 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in June.

 

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

 

This year, 176 colleges and universities are sponsoring more than 3,800 Merit Scholarshipawards. Sponsor colleges include 99 private and 77 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

 

This final group of winners brings the number of 2016 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,300. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of about $33 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered—2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships, for which all Finalists competed, and approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who met criteria specified by their grantor organizations.

 

2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition

This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began when over 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2015, about 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

 

To become a Finalist, each Semifinalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay, describing leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, showing an outstanding academic record, and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official. Semifinalists also had to take the SAT® and earn scores that confirmed their performance on the initial qualifying test. From the Semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists were chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships.

 

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over the past 61 years, more than 323,000 outstanding young men and women have won National Merit Scholarships worth over $1 billion. The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 420 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

 

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ALASKA

 

Ciera Stafford

Probable career field: International Relations

EAGLE RIVER H. S., EAGLE RIVER

 

NATIONAL MERIT UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA SCHOLARSHIP

Founded in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic, and health care needs of the state, region, and nation. Through its 19 colleges, OU provides comprehensive learning experiences in over 300 total majors at the baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, and professional levels. Today OU has some 30,000 students representing 50 states and over 100 countries. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

 

 


June 1, 2016 

NEWS RELEASE


Contact: Eileen Artemakis or Matthew Budreau

Phone: (847) 866-5100
Public Information E-mail: mediainfo@nmerit.net
Website: www.nationalmerit.org

 

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2016 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). NMSC named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards on April 20 and winners of National Merit ® $2500 Scholarships on May 11. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 18. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $33 million.

 

College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

(Evanston, Illinois) Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced approximately 3,000 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2016 competition to approximately 4,000.

 

This year, 184 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 106 private and 78 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia. 

 

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth approximately $33 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

 

2016 National Merit Scholarship Competition

Over 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

 

To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists fi rst had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfi lling additional requirements. Each Semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2016.

 

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors. These sponsors join NMSC in its efforts to enhance educational opportunities for America’s scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

 

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ALASKA 

 

Grant M. Klug
Probable career field: Chemical Engineering
SOUTH ANCHORAGE H. S., ANCHORAGE
NATIONAL MERIT MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BOZEMAN SCHOLARSHIP
MSU is among the leaders in the nation for recipients of the prestigious Goldwater and Truman Fellowships. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, MSU is a comprehensive, land-grant university with programs in Liberal Arts, Basic Sciences, Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Business, Nursing, Education, and Engineering. Students are encouraged to participate in honors program offerings, student internships, and national/international exchange programs.

 


Ansley E. Morris 
Probable career field: Undecided
ROBERT SERVICE H. S., ANCHORAGE
NATIONAL MERIT ST. OLAF COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP
St. Olaf College is a liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America located in Northfield, Minnesota. It serves over 3,000 students, most of whom live on campus, and more than 55% are assisted by an aid program. Of special interest are the extensive international studies opportunities, the tutorial-based paracollege and the 4-1-4 academic calendar. The college has a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and is recognized for the number of alumni who are doctoral recipients.

 

 

Brian F. Sweeney III 

Probable career field: Mathematics
A. J. DIMOND H. S., ANCHORAGE
NATIONAL MERIT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
Arizona State University offers over 130 degree programs through its nine undergraduate colleges: Architecture, Business Administration, Education, Engineering & Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, Public Programs, Nursing, and Social Work. Academic honor programs, Phi Beta Kappa, and other honorary organizations offer special learning opportunities for outstanding students. Located in Tempe, A.S.U. enrolls nearly 38,000 students, of which 29,000 are undergraduates.

 

 

Noelle L. Coniglio
Probable career field: Physical Therapy
WEST ANCHORAGE H. S., ANCHORAGE
NATIONAL MERIT MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY-BOZEMAN SCHOLARSHIP
MSU is among the leaders in the nation for recipients of the prestigious Goldwater and Truman Fellowships. Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, MSU is a comprehensive, land-grant university with programs in Liberal Arts, Basic Sciences, Agriculture, Arts & Architecture, Business, Nursing, Education, and Engineering. Students are encouraged to participate in honors program offerings, student internships, and national/international exchange programs.

 


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