Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Two Greenville County Schools seniors were named recipients of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). They are Andrew M. Banks and Kevin H. Lee, both from Riverside High School.

Andrew and Kevin join three other Greenville County Schools seniors who were named NMSC college-sponsored award recipients and three NMSC $2,500 award recipients who were announced earlier this year. 

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, 197 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,600 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 117 private and 80 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

This final group of winners brings the number of 2012 National Merit Scholars to approximately 8,100. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of over $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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