Students receive National Merit awards


July 14, 2014


Two ASD students receive National Merit Scholarships


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Additional College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

(Evanston, Illinois) Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced

approximately 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships fi nanced by colleges and

universities. These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored

award recipients who were announced in late May.


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 fi nancing the scholarship.


This year, 181 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,100 Merit Scholarship

awards. Sponsor colleges include 106 private and 75 public institutions located in 44 states and

the District of Columbia.


This final group of winners brings the number of 2014 National Merit Scholars to more

than 7,600. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate

study worth a total of approximately $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 over 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit

Scholarship awards for Finalists who met criteria specifi ed by their grantor organizations.


2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition

This year's competition for National Merit Scholarships began when approximately

1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit

Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program

entrants. In September 2013, about 16,000 Semifi nalists were named on a state representational

basis in numbers proportional to each state's percentage of the national total of graduating

high school seniors. Semifi nalists 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 Semifi nalist 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 offi cial. Semifi nalists also had to take the SAT® and earn scores

that confi rmed their performance on the initial qualifying test. From the Semifi nalist group, about

15,000 attained Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists were chosen to receive

National Merit Scholarships.


NMSC, a not-for-profi t corporation that operates without government assistance,

was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over the past

59 years, more than 308,000 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 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC's efforts to

recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.


CAUTION: Any attempt to compare high schools on the basis of numbers of Merit

Scholarship winners will lead to erroneous and unsound conclusions. The National Merit

Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and

potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or

effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state.


National Merit, Merit Scholarship, Merit Scholar, and the corporate logo are federally registered service marks of National Merit

Scholarship Corporation. PSAT/NMSQT is a registered trademark of National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the College Board. SAT is a

registered trademark of the College Board.



College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners of July 14, 2014

Kilian B. Roberts ANCHORAGE 99502

Probable career field: Mathematics



The first private college in the Upper Midwest to have chapters of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi, Carleton has been committed to

academic excellence since its founding in 1866. The college's 1,000 acre campus is 35 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul in

Northfield, where its 1,800 resident students and over 140 full-time faculty are near enough to the city to avoid rural isolation, yet far

enough away to enjoy the advantages of small town life in the country.


Samantha T. Simpson ANCHORAGE 99502

Probable career field: Electrical Engineering



Washington State University, a land grant university, enrolls more than 16,500 students, 75% of whom live on campus. Over 100

majors are available in the colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Science & Arts, Home Economics, Education, Economics and

Business, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Graduate School, and the Intercollegiate Center for Nursing Education. Special facilities

include a computing center, a nuclear reactor, radio-tv, and an all-university honors program for superior students.


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