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Six Parkway students receive 2009 National Merit Scholarships

Six Parkway seniors were awarded National Merit Scholarship Corporation 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
Jason Q. Liang
Washington University in St. Louis
Probable career field: Business

Elliot M. Liebman
University of North Texas
Probable career field: Music

South High School
Laura K. Maguire
Harvey Mudd College
Probable career field: Chemical Engineering

Lauren A. Gajdosik
Harding University
Probable career field: History

West High School
Peter E. Holly
Vanderbilt University
Probable career field: Computer Engineering

Andrew C. Davidson
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Probable career field: Engineering

These Merit Scholar designees join over 2,800 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May (six from Parkway).  Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among Finalists in the 2009 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.

The 2009 National Merit Scholarship Competition
More than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools entered the 2009 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2007 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.