Eight Jenks 2020 graduates earn National Merit Scholarships

Eight Jenks 2020 graduates earn National Merit Scholarships

Jenks High School 2020 graduates Avery Acord, Hailey Hoog, Baylor Norris, Benjamin Diep, Samuel Hjelm, Zachary Magnuson, Morgan Pursell and Victoria Savage were recently selected as National Merit Scholarship winners.

Acord earned her National Merit Scholarship with Oklahoma State University and her probable career field is mechanical engineering.

Hoog earned her National Merit Scholarship with the University of Arkansas and her probable career field is medicine.

Norris earned his National Merit Scholarship with Texas A&M University and his probable career field is mechanical engineering (automotive).

Diep earned the David A. Burr National Merit Scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. Diep’s probable career field is radiology.

Hjelm earned his National Merit Scholarship with Oklahoma State University and his probable career field is mechanical engineering.

Magnuson earned his National Merit Scholarship with Oklahoma State University and his probable career field is medicine.

Pursell earned her National Merit Scholarship with Texas A&M University and her probable career field is biomedical engineering.

Savage earned her National Merit Scholarship with the University of Arkansas and her probable career field is international law.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced this week more than 3,300 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by United States’ colleges and universities.

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.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth more than $30 million.

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

Kyle Salomon

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