16 Cobb Students Named National Merit College-sponsored Scholarship Winners

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of 3,300 winners of this year’s National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. The list of scholars included 16 students from Cobb Schools including Lassiter High School, Pope High School, Sprayberry High School, Walton High School, and Wheeler High School.  

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2020 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. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition to about 4,100. 

This year, 167 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 92 private and 75 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia. 

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships. 

In April, five Cobb students were named winners of the Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships.   

In May, 7 Cobb students were named National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners.  

This year’s National Merit Scholarship Program began in October 2018 when over 1.5 million juniors in approximately 21,000 high schools took the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, 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’s representational basis. Only these 16,000 Semifinalists had an opportunity 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. By the conclusion of the 2020 program, about 7,600 Finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of over $30 million in college scholarships.  

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of scholarships offered each year are underwritten by approximately 400 independent corporate and college sponsors that share NMSC’s goals of honoring scholastically talented youth and encouraging academic excellence at all levels of education.  

Cobb Schools College-Sponsored National Merit Scholars

Student Name School Probable Career Field College-Sponsored Scholarship 
Jordan Bass Walton High School Computer Science Northwestern University 
Alec Berger Walton High School Computer Science Emory University 
Ada R. Burris Pope High School Ministry Samford University 
Patrick G. Gen Wheeler High School Medicine University of Georgia 
Taylor Chiles Walton High School Mathematics Wheaton College 
Alessa L. Cullinan Wheeler High School Undecided University of Georgia 
Julia Dierker Walton High School Public Health Northeastern University 
Rose Jewel Wheeler High School Computer Science University of Georgia 
Brian Kent Wheeler High School Mechanical Engineering University of Alabama 
Gabrielle P. Levitt Lassiter High School Public Relations University of Georgia 
Emma G. Mason Wheeler High School Biochemistry University of South Carolina 
Reilly S. Misra Sprayberry High School Dentistry University of Georgia 
Anna K Mitchell Lassiter High School Undecided Florida State University 
Andrew M. Myers Pope High School Economics Vanderbilt University 
Catherine L. Pereira Lassiter High School Statistics University of Florida 
Zaim Zibran Walton High School Public Health Emory University