Officials at the National Merit Scholarship Corp. have announced the 2,500 high school seniors who have won National Merit scholarships. These merit scholar designees were chosen from approximately 15,000 finalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.
The $2,500 scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. These scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
The scholarship corporation is financing most of the single-payment scholarships with its own funds. Companies and businesses that sponsor awards also help underwrite these scholarships.
The Pinellas County list:
Sam F. Zakria, St. Petersburg High School, International Baccalaureate program.
Michelle Y. Wang, St. Petersburg High School, International Baccalaureate program.
Karen Sagar, Palm Harbor University High School, International Baccalaureate program.
Bridget K. Hendricks, Countryside High School, Clearwater.