The Edmond Sun

July 29, 2013

College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners named

Patty Miller
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — National Merit Scholar Corporation announced four Edmond graduates have received university scholarships. They are included in the fourth group of 2013 scholarship designees to be announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These students join other Edmond students who were named previously as earning scholarships from either colleges and universities, the National Merit organization or corporations.

From 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools who took the 2011 Preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in September 2012, about 16,000 semifinalists were named. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

In three spring releases, NMSC announced winners of National Merit’s first group of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. In addition to college-sponsored awards, 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships and more than 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships were given to finalists who met the criteria set by the 440 grantor organizations.

The last group of students includes 1,800 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.  

College-sponsored awards provide between $500-$2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

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.  

Approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the 2011 preliminary sat/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, and in September 2012, about 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To become a finalist, each semifinalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application. The application included writing an essay describing leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, showing an outstanding academic record and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official. Semifinalists also had to take the sat and earn scores that confirmed their performance on the initial qualifying test. From the semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained finalist standing and more than half of the finalists were chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships.

 Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Edmond scholarship recipients include:

Annah P. Baykal — Probable career field: Chemical Engineering, Edmond Memorial High School, National Merit University of Kentucky Scholarship.

Rashidul Esrar — Probable career field: Economics, Edmond Santa Fe High School, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship.

Derek C. Knowles — Probable career field: Mechanical Engineering, Edmond Santa Fe High School, National Merit Brigham Young University Scholarship.

Natalie Wilkinson — Career field: Undecided, Edmond Santa Fe High School, National Merit Brigham Young University Scholarship.