Posted: Monday, July 11, 2011

Four Greenville County Schools seniors have been named recipients of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join over 2,900 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.

  • Priyanka Ravichandran, Southside High, Vanderbilt University Scholarship
  • Philip A. Reed, Eastside High, Furman University Scholarship
  • Michael S. Prowse, Riverside High, University of South Carolina Scholarship
  • Anand J. Shah, Southside High, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Scholarship

Officials of each sponsor college selected their winners from among 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 198 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,800 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 118 private and 80 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

This final group of winners brings the number of 2011 National Merit Scholars to approximately 8,300. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of nearly $35 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 specified by their grantor organizations.

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