15 Dane County Students Win University-Sponsored Scholarships Through National Merit Competition | Local education
Fifteen high school students from public and private schools in Dane County have been named recipients of a college-sponsored merit scholarship and will receive between $ 500 and $ 2,000 per year for their college education for up to four years.
Five students from Madison School District and one from private school in Madison area, four from Middleton-Cross Plains School District, two from Verona School District, one from private school in Waunakee, one from school district from Oregon and one from the Sun Prairie area school district were named recipients of the college-sponsored merit scholarship.
The students were among 3,100 students from across the country to win the award from a national talent pool of 16,000 finalist students. They will receive scholarships to fund up to four years of undergraduate study at one of 160 higher education institutions. An additional group of academics will be announced in July.
Recipients were selected by a panel of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on the student’s academic record, including the difficulty of the subjects studied and the grades achieved; preliminary results of the SAT and the qualification test for national merit scholarships; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay and a recommendation written by a high school official.
Approximately 7,500 finalists will have achieved the title of “Merit Scholar” and received a total of nearly $ 30 million in college scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Competition by the end of 2021.