The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of the first group of winners in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 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.
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.
Veronica A. Blair of Avon High School won the National Merit Rolls-Royce Scholarship. She plans to study chemistry.
Rolls-Royce invests in core technologies, people, and capabilities to expand and fortify its products, improve efficiency and enhance the environmental performance of its products.
Rolls-Royce employs nearly 40,000 people worldwide, including 6,500 in the U.S. The company’s partnership with NMSC supports eligible children and stepchildren of employees.