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National Merit Scholarship names additional 2017 recipients

By: Nez Savala


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced additional college-sponsored scholarship recipients for 2017. Nearly 900 high school seniors from across the country were included in the announcement, including one local student.

Niles M. Bernabe, of O’Fallon, attended Saint Louis University High. He received the University of Alabama National Merit Scholarship.

Officials of the sponsor colleges chose their scholarship winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. College-sponsored awards range in value from $500 to $2,000 annually, for up to four years of undergraduate study.

More than 7,500 distinguished high school graduates were named as National Merit Scholars in 2017, receiving more than $32 million in college aid.

To become a finalist, each semifinalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application, write an essay, describe leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, show an outstanding academic record, earn high SAT scores, and be endorsed and recommended by a high school official. From the semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained finalist standing; about half of the finalists were chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships.

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