Sam Whipple and Andrew Zheng, from Mason High School; and Anosha Minai, who attends Ursuline Academy, were selected from among 15,000 finalists in this year’s National Merit Scholarship Program.
Whipple plans to go into politics; Zheng, chemical engineering; and Minai wants to be an entrepreneur.
A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors selected the scholarship winners from among the National Merit finalists.
The committee used criteria that included academic record, difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned, standardized test scores, school leadership, community activities, an essay, and recommendation by a school official.
Honorees were among 1.5 million who entered the 2013 competition by taking the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors.
This is the second of four releases of corporate, college and National Merit scholarships that will be awarded through July. The scholarships can be used at any regionally accredited United States college or university.
By the end of the competition about 8,000 scholarships, valued at more than $35 million, will have been awarded.