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Broward County Public Schools Announces National Merit Scholarship Recipients

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
 
Today, National Merit Scholarship Corporation released the names of the first group of winners in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 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.

Congratulations to Broward County Public Schools National Merit Scholarship winners:

Samuel Tao, Nova High School
National Merit Motorola Solutions Scholarship

Joanna J. Zhuang, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
National Merit Calmer L. Johnson/John W. Leslie ITW Scholarship

Kendra Washington, Nova High School
National Merit Nextera Energy, Inc. Scholarship

Nicolas Lopez, Cypress Bay High School
National Merit Pepsico Foundation Scholarship

Pratiksha Patra, Cypress Bay High School
National Merit Nextera Energy, Inc. Scholarship

“We are extremely proud of our student scholars for their hard work and dedication,” said Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “We congratulate them and their families on this outstanding accomplishment.”

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 61 competitions, expending or committing more than $750 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.
 
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