College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners
The following college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth more than $31 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.
More than 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.
To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists first had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2019.
Following is a list of the college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners:
Justin W. Lovell, Beaver, Shady Spring High School, Shady Spring. National Merit West Virginia University Foundation Inc. Scholarship. Probable career field: Petroleum engineering.
Logan M. Brabbin, Charleston, George Washington High School, National Merit West Virginia University Foundation Inc. Scholarship. Probably career field: Mechanical engineering.
Audrey Lynn Keith, Charleston, Charleston Catholic High School. National Merit University of Kentucky Scholarship. Probable career field: Medicine.
Emily K. Pack, Charleston, George Washington High School. National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship. Probable career field: Medicine.
Anthony L. Wirts, Charleston, Charleston Catholic High School. National Merit University of Kentucky Scholarship. Probable career field: Computer Engineering.
Nicholas S. Kowalski, Charles Town, Washington High School, Charles Town. National Merit West Virginia University Foundation Inc. Scholarship. Probable career field: Computer science.
Chase A. Harrison, Crab Orchard, Woodrow Wilson High School, Beckley. National Merit West Virginia University Foundation Inc. Scholarship. Probable career field: Computer science.
Michael T. DiBacco, Elkins, Elkins High School. National Merit West Virginia University Foundation Inc. Scholarship. Probable career field: Writing.
Dev G. Boylin, Huntington, Huntington High School. National Merit University of South Carolina Scholarship. Probable career field: Financial planning.
John H. Partington, Martinsburg, Martinsburg High School. National Merit — The University of Arizona Scholarship. Probable career field: Mathematics.
UC student wins all-expenses paid trip to Calif.
Sarah Ball, of Sissonville, and a current Innovation Scholar at the University of Charleston, placed third in Marshall Universities’ business model competition held in April. Her prize for winning was an all-expenses paid trip to California.
Students from colleges and universities across the state traveled to participate in this highly competitive event. Ball placed third in the competition. Ball’s business plan is called Wireless Telemetry, a completely wireless telemetry and heart monitoring system for hospitals and more. Her product would help patients become more comfortable and not be hindered by unnecessary wires during their already stressful hospital stay
While in Silicon Valley and San Francisco, California, Ball met Brad Smith, the former CEO of Intuit, and Scott Cook, the co-founder of Intuit.
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