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Three Central High students named college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that three students from Parkway Central High are winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. 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. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. 

The Central High School students are:

Annaleah Larson

National Merit Brigham Young University scholarship


Kefu Lu

National Merit Washington University in St. Louis scholarship


Ammar A. Zahid

National Merit Washington University in St. Louis scholarship


Annaleah Larson Kefu Lu

Ammar A. Zahid

Winners are among approximately 8,400 distinguished high school seniors of 2010 who will receive National Merit Scholarships worth $36 million for college undergraduate study. Announced earlier this spring were winners of two other types of National Merit Scholarships corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

2010 National Merit Scholarship Competition

More than 1.5 million juniors in over 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 presenting 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 2010.

Established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Program, NMSC is a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance. The majority of National Merit scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 500 independent corporate and college sponsors.