The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this week that eight high school graduates from the Washoe County School District (WCSD) have received college-sponsored scholarships starting in the 2021-2022 school year.
A dozen WCSD students initially qualified for the scholarship money.
Students will receive annual scholarships ranging from $ 500 to $ 2,000 for up to four years of undergraduate study at the colleges and universities of their choice.
This year, 160 higher education institutions are awarding merit scholarships under the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsoring colleges and universities include 85 private institutions and 75 public institutions located in 42 states and the District of Columbia.
The eight students, their high schools, the schools they will attend this fall and their chosen fields of study are:
- Piper Elliott, Reno High School (University of Alabama, Aerospace Engineering)
- Lloyd Gonzales, Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology (University of Nevada, Reno, IT)
- Zachary Hooker, Reno High School (University of Nevada, Reno, Environmental Engineering)
- Kemma Kolstrup, McQueen High School (University of Nevada, Reno, Biomedical Engineering)
- Max Rock, Incline High School (Arizona State University, Aerospace Engineering)
- Rebekah Mayne, Hug High School (Willamette University, library science)
- Ramona Tobey, McQueen High School (University of Nevada, Reno, computer science)
- Christian White, Spanish Springs High School (University of Nevada, Reno, Astrophysics)
According to the nonprofit, more than 1.5 million high school students entered the 2021 competition when they took the 2019 SAT / National Merit Scholarship preliminary qualifying test.
Some 17,000 semi-finalists were named at the end of last year. These students were the highest-rated entrants in each state. They make up less than 1% of high school students nationwide and must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes an essay and covers their rewards and extracurricular activities to qualify.
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