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Two Parkway students named National Merit Scholarship winners

Two Parkway students will receive National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. The students are:

Central High
Thomas Hack
University of Minnesota
Probable career field: Medicine

North High
Adrienne Hunt
University of Chicago
Probable career field: Law

Officials of each college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

National Merit Scholarship Competition
More than 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, 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 fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist submitted a scholarship application that included an outstanding academic record; being endorsed and recommended by a school official; and earning SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. The semifinalist also wrote an essay and provided information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. More than 15,000 semifinalists met requirements for finalist standing, and more than half of this group will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2012.