4 area students named Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has released the names of the first group of winners in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations. Among those winners were four students from Maple Grove.

Kyle Li, a student at Wayzata High School, earned a National Merit General Mills Foundation Scholarship. Li’s probable career field is chemical engineering.

Sean McKenna, a student at Maple Grove Senior High School, earned a National Merit James E. Casey Scholarship. McKenna’s probable career field is civil engineering.

Abram Sanderson, a student at Wayzata High School, earned a National Merit Chevron Corporation Scholarship. Sanderson’s probably career field is computer science.

Martha Waterfield, a student at Maple Grove Senior High School, earned a National Merit Bayer Scholarship. Waterfield’s probable career field is psychology.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited

U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 58 competitions, expending or committing more than $700 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

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