3 New National Merit Scholars Makes Total of 41 for Cobb Schools in 2019

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of 3 more students from the Cobb County School District who earned National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. The last group of 2019 National Merit Scholars attended Lassiter High School and Walton High School and were among 540 additional winners named across the country. The list includes a total of 15 from Georgia.  

In mid-June, 18 Cobb students earned National Merit Scholarships as part of the first group of college-sponsored Merit winners for 2019.  

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.   

This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.  

The 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 over $31 million. Previously, NMSC named 6 Cobb students as winners of the corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship and 14 Cobb students as winners of the National Merit $2500 Scholarship.   

The latest announcement brings the total of Cobb National Merit Scholars to 41 for 2019.  

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2017 when over 1.6 million juniors in approximately 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.    

In fall 2018, the highest-scoring participants in each state, representing less than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors, were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity to continue in the competition. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.    

Cobb Schools College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winners:   

Albert Chen Walton High School 
Audrey J. Safir Lassiter High School 
Daniel M. Shu Walton High School