Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Four GCS high school students have been selected to receive corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Jenna L. Mewborn from Hillcrest High received a National Merit Bridgestone Americas Inc. Scholarship. She plans to go into the translation career field.

Nishesh Chaubey from Southside High Academy received a National Merit Fluor Scholarship. Nishesh plans to go into the international business career field.

Nikita Deshpande from Mauldin High earned the National Merit Cytec Scholarship. She plans to go into a career in medicine.

Alexander Koo from Riverside High earned the National Merit Dr. Joseph J. Jacobs Scholarship. He plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.

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.

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 59 competitions, expending or committing more than $700 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

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