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Local merit scholars announced

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Siemens Foundation has announced 150 students nationwide who will be awarded the 2012 Merit Scholarship, worth $4,000 toward the college of each student's choice.

Among them, local winners were Tyler Perini of Peachtree Ridge High School; Carsen Popelka of Collins Hill; and Matthew Townsend of Brookwood.

The merit scholarship is an award given to children of Siemens U.S. employees. Recipients are chosen based on high scores on the PSAT as well as academic record, activities, contribution to the community, school recommendation and an essay the student pens about personal plans and goals.

For the 2012 scholarships, Siemens awarded nearly $600,000 in funds on behalf of participating company divisions.

"The Siemens Foundation is proud to administer the Siemens Merit Scholarship program on behalf of Siemens," said Jennifer Harper Taylor, president of the foundation. "We are honored to recognize children of Siemens employees nationwide who have accomplished this outstanding achievement."

The Siemens Foundation provides more than $7 million every year in support of educational initiatives in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the United States.

Its signature programs include the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, Siemens Award for Advanced Placement and the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, which encourages students to support educators in their efforts.

For more information, visit www.siemens-foundation.org.