GOOD NEWS: College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners named

EVANSTON, ILL. -- National Merit Scholarship Corp., recently announced about 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. Awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Local winners include the following:

-- Paige Jordan Orangio, Mill Creek High School

-- Eunji Ahn, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology

-- Rebecca A. Deitsch, homeschool

-- Hammad A. Khalid, Peachtree Ridge High School

-- Nathaniel Bradley Adams, Peachtree Ridge High School

-- Manav Dutta, Collins Hill High School

-- Aaron C. Ragans, Brookwood High School

-- Jenny M. Truong, Brookwood High School

-- Kelly P. Croteau, Parkview High School

-- Connor P. McDonald, Parkview High School

-- Jason Maxwell Bires, Gwinnett School of Mathematics

-- Emily G. Dardaman, Wesleyan School

-- Emma C. Reidy, Norcross High School

-- Abhishek K. Goswami, North Gwinnett High School

-- Amanda G. Wall, North Gwinnett High School

Seven local students are Leaders and Achievers award recipients

ATLANTA -- The Comcast Foundation, founded in 1999 to provide charitable support to its local communities and empower and enrich lives, has announced six Gwinnett County recipients of its annual leaders and Achievers 2013 Scholarship Program.

The program provides one-time $1,000 scholarships to students who strive to achieve their potential, who are catalysts for positive change in their communities, who are involved in their schools and serve as models for fellow students.

The award recipients include the following:

-- Bianca Diaz, Collins Hill High School

-- Keith Jackson, Central Gwinnett High School

-- Morgan Zabow, Mill Creek High School

-- Grant Hall, Buford High School

-- Lauren Taylor, Brookwood High School

-- Sydnie Hixson, Grayson High School

Frank Reddy writes about education. Good News from Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Daily Post.