Evanston, Illinois - McKinney ISD seniors Emily Biggio, Christopher Kooker, Alyssa Miller and Heidee Nicoll were among more than 2,500 National Merit College-Sponsored Scholarship recipients announced today by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2012 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.
Student High School Sponsor College
Emily Biggio McKinney North HS Texas Christian University
Christopher Kooker McKinney HS Vanderbilt University
Alyssa Miller McKinney Boyd HS Texas A&M University
Heidee Nicoll McKinney North HS University of North Texas
This year, 197 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 117 private and 80 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 8,300 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $35 million. Earlier this spring, winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit® $2500 Scholarships were announced.
2012 National Merit Scholarship Competition
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2010 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 first had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling 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 more than half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2012.
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.
Major portions of this information provided by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
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