Maryville students advance to compete as National Merit Finalist

Finalists in the 2008 competition for National Merit Scholarships include Maryville High School students Rebekah Blackstock, Roderick Blevins, and Kieran Webb. These students have met all requirements to be considered for National Merit scholarships.

The selection of some 8,200 Merit Scholarship winners from the group of more than 15,000 finalists is now in progress. If selected, one or all three students named from Maryville High School will receive scholarship information via mail in March.

Merit Scholarship awards are of three types:

• National Merit® $2500 Scholarships - Every finalist competes for these single payment scholarships, which are awarded on a state representational basis. Winners are selected without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans.

• Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards - Corporate sponsors designate their awards for children of their employees or members, for residents of a community where a company has operations, or for finalists with career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.

• College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards - Officials of each sponsor college select winners of their awards from finalists who have been accepted for admission and have informed NMSC by the published deadlines that the sponsor college or university is their first choice. These awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Merit Scholarship awards are supported by some 500 independent sponsors and by NMSC’s own funds. Sponsor organizations include corporations and businesses, company foundations, professional associations, and colleges and universities.

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