National Merit Scholarship Winners


April 20, 2016


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Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

(Evanston, Illinois) Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) released the names of the fi rst group of winners in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards fi nanced by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.


Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.


Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice. 


Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 61 competitions, expending or committing more than $750 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.


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. In September 2015, some 16,000 Semifi nalists were designated 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 be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifi nalists had to fulfi ll requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifi nalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifi nalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school offi cial, and earn SAT® scores that confi rmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifi nalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.


By the conclusion of the 2016 competition, about 7,500 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling about $33 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.


NMSC, a not-for-profi t organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education.

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ALASKA - 3 - 2016 Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners

Merryn C. Daniel ANCHORAGE 99507
Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering


BP Corporation North America, Inc. is proud to sponsor Merit Scholarship awards for sons and daughters of BP employees and
annuitants. BP is committed to playing a leading role in securing America's energy today and in the future. BP spends around $60
million a year on academic research, educational initiatives and recruitment activities in the U.S.

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