Two Mason students are among 30 students from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky to be named National Merit Scholarship finalists.
Nationally, 2,000 students received the honor, which awards scholarships between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. National Merit does not release the exact amount of individual scholarships.
Mason students honored include Colleen Kennedy, who plans to study chemical engineering at Case Western Reserve University; and Joseph LaRue, who will study mechanical engineering at the University of Alabama,.
Announced Monday, these are the last of the awards for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship winners. Other winners of National Merit-sponsored, corporate and college scholarships were named in three previous announcements.
Altogether, there were 1,178 private and 80 public colleges and universities in 45 states and the District of Columbia that sponsored about 4,600 awards. Overall, 8,100 students received awards totaling $35 million from colleges/universities, corporations and the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
The students were selected from more than 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools who took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and made it to the finalist round.
Sue Kiesewetter contributed