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Five additional Parkway students receive National Merit Scholarships

Five additional Parkway seniors were awarded National Merit Scholarship college-sponsored scholarships. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. The Parkway students are:
 
Central High School
Connie F. Chen
Washington University in St. Louis
Probable career field: Business
 
Liron Ganel
Indiana University Bloomington
Probable career field: Biochemistry
 
Meghan D. McCarter
Northwestern University
Probable career field: Theater/film
 
Grace E. Mosley
Rhodes College
Probable career field: Neurobiology
 
West High School
Mary L. Williams
Truman State University
Probable career field: Library Science
 
These Merit Scholar designees join over 2,800 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.  Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among Finalists in the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.

About the 2010 National Merit Scholarship Competition
More than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools entered the 2010 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2008 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Last fall, some 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state representational basis, in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the nation’s high school graduating seniors. Semifinalists were the highest scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of a state’s seniors.

To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by submitting a substantial amount of information and by fulfilling additional requirements. Each Finalist presented an outstanding academic record; was endorsed and recommended by a school official; earned SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance; and provided an essay describing activities, interests, and goals.