Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013

Four seniors have been named recipients of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. They join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.

Nathan Junehun Chou, Riverside High
National Merit Emory University Scholarship
Probable career field: Biochemistry

Benjamin J. Butler, Riverside High
National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship
Probable career field: Medicine

Jakob Teipen, Southside High Academy
National Merit Arizona State University Scholarship
Probable career field: Academia

Clarice T. Randall, Wade Hampton High
National Merit University of South Carolina Scholarship
Probable career field: Neuroscience

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, 190 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,300 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 113 private and 77 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

This final group of winners brings the number of 2013 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,800. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of approximately $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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