Wade Hampton High Senior Micah Tan Selected for Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship
Micah R. Tan, a senior at Wade Hampton High School, has been selected to receive a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship award financed by corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Micah, who will pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering, received the National Merit Solvay Scholarship. Solvay is an international chemicals and pharmaceuticals group employing more than 28,000 people in more than 50 countries.
Micah was selected from a group of applicants that advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of the 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 60 competitions, expending or committing more than $700 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.