Local students win National Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Wednesday this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners, including four from southern Denton County.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies, according to a NMSC news release. The scholars were selected based on their academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. NMSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through NMSC also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees. Scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

This year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners from southern Denton County are listed below:

  • Hayley Epps, Flower Mound High School
  • Boris-Jerrell Fosso, Marcus High School
  • Ira Kondap, Flower Mound High School
  • Jaxson Myrick, Marcus High School
Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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