The Edmond Sun

August 17, 2013

Student wins additional National Merit scholarship


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Samuel W. Newville, of Edmond and a student at Heritage Hall in Oklahoma City, has won a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Newville plans Linguistics as a possible career field.

Nearly all National Merit $2,500 Scholarship recipients of 2013 were announced publicly by the National Scholarship Corporation in May; however, the award this student was chosen to receive became available after that announcement. This National Merit $2,500 Scholarship is supported by NMSC’s own funds.

 By the conclusion of the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, about 7,800 Merit Scholarship awards, worth about $35 million, will have been offered to distinguished high school seniors for college undergraduate study. Two thousand five hundred of the awards, such as the one this student has won, are National Merit $2,500 Scholarships for which all the almost 15,000 Finalists were considered. Winners of these single-payment awards were named in every state, in numbers based on the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

Recipients of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships were selected by a committee of college admission officers and high school counselors who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by Finalists and their schools. Evaluated were each Finalist’s academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, an essay written by the Finalist and the recommendation written by a high school official.