Five Cobb Students Named Winners of Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced this year’s Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners, the first group of winners in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The list includes five students from the following Cob Schools: Pope High SchoolWalton High School, and Wheeler High School.  

More than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.   

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 $1,000 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 65 competitions, expending or committing approximately $820 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth. 

Additional National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in the coming months.  

Over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. In September 2019, some 16,000 Semifinalists were designated 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 be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete 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® or ACT® scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements. 

By the conclusion of the 2020 competition, about 7,600 Finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling over $30 million. Winners are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships offered each year are underwritten by some 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to honor the nation’s scholastically talented youth and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education. 

Cobb Schools Corporate National Merit Scholarship Winners:  

  • Russell Emerine, Walton High School 
  • Probable career field: Computer Science 
  • NATIONAL MERIT GEORGIA-PACIFIC FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP: Georgia-Pacific Foundation is supported by contributions received from Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia. The Foundation supports Merit Scholarship awards for children of employees of Georgia-Pacific Corporation and its subsidiary companies. Through this program, it recognizes the need to further the education of the children of company employees. 
  • Sanjeet C. HarryPope High School 
  • Probable career field: Undecided 
  • NATIONAL MERIT JAMES E. CASEY SCHOLARSHIP: The UPS Foundation was created in 1951 by United Parcel Service. National Merit James E. Casey Scholarships and James E. Casey Scholarships for children of United Parcel Service employees are supported by the UPS Foundation, in honor of the founder of United Parcel Service. 
  • Nidhi Manikkoth, Walton High School 
  • Probable career field: Medicine 
  • NATIONAL MERIT LEIDOS, INC. SCHOLARSHIP: Headquartered in Reston, VA, Leidos is a global science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world’s toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company’s 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. 
  • Anant P. Rajan, Walton High School 
  • Probable career field: Neurosurgery 
  • NATIONAL MERIT SOGETI USA SCHOLARSHIP: Sogeti is a leading information technology consulting company specializing in Advisory Services, Application Development, Business Information Management, Infrastructure Management, Product Engineering, Mobile Solutions, and Testing. With its “Local Touch-Global Reach”, Sogeti has offices in approximately 25 cities across the United States and in 15 countries. With over 45 years of experience, Sogeti currently employs 20,000 IT experts around the world. 
  • Ava Reau Autera, Wheeler High School 
  • Probable career field: Zoology 
  • NATIONAL MERIT JAMES E. CASEY SCHOLARSHIPThe UPS Foundation was created in 1951 by United Parcel Service. National Merit James E. Casey Scholarships and James E. Casey Scholarships for children of United Parcel Service employees are supported by the UPS Foundation, in honor of the founder of United Parcel Service. 

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