local students announced as winners of National Merit Scholarship | Education

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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on Wednesday announced more than 2,600 recipients of National Merit Scholarships funded by US colleges and universities.

The heads of each sponsoring college selected their scholars from among the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists who plan to attend their institution. These scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution funding the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholars in the 2022 competition to approximately 4,000.

The following students from the region have been announced as recipients of the scholarship:

Colon: Samuel J. Vrana, Wahoo Neumann High School, Nebraska-Lincoln National Merit University Scholarship, Chemical Engineering Likely Career Field.

Fremont: Rebekah J. Preston, homeschooling, National Merit Hillsdale College Scholarship, likely career field of education.

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Waterloo: Chloe E. Liebentritt, Skutt Catholic High School, Nebraska-Lincoln National Merit University Scholarship, probable career field of dentistry.

This year, 155 higher education institutions are applying for merit scholarships under the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsoring colleges and universities include 82 private institutions and 73 public institutions located in 42 states and the District of Columbia.

The college-sponsored merit scholarship winners announced Wednesday are among the distinguished group of approximately 7,500 high school students who will receive National Merit Scholarships for undergraduate studies worth nearly $28 million. Earlier this spring, the NMSC announced the winners of the Company-Sponsored Merit Scholarships and $2,500 National Merit Scholarships.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program when they passed the 2020 SAT/National Merit Scholarship Preliminary Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as the initial selection of program participants. Last fall, more than 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state representation basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national high school graduate total.

The semifinalists were the highest-scoring program participants in each state and represented less than 1% of the nation’s seniors.

To compete for the Excellence Scholarships, semi-finalists had to first advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semi-finalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions.

Semi-finalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be approved and recommended by a high school official, and obtain SAT or ACT scores confirming qualifying test performance. Among the group of semi-finalists, more than 15,000 have qualified to be a finalist, and approximately half of the finalists will be winners of a merit scholarship in 2022.

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