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4 Gwinnett students awarded corporate National Merit Scholarships

Two students from the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology and one student each from Duluth High and Peachtree Ridge High were recently selected for corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships.

The Georgia Pacific Foundation, the Novartis Group and the Northrup Grumman Corporation selected the students who join 996 students from across the country.

The three corporations are part of a group of 200 companies, foundations and other business organizations that finance these scholarships by collaborating with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Annually, these companies sponsor promising graduating seniors who are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Corporate organizations generally provide awards for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or have plans to pursue majors or careers the grantor encourages.

Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

About 1.5 million students entered the competition last school year as juniors by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test, which served as the initial screening. As the highest scoring entrants in each state, these students were then invited to apply for a finalist spot. That level was determined by looking at the student’s academic record throughout high school, an endorsement or recommendation by an official from their school, and a self-descriptive essay and information about their participation and leadership in school and community activities.

The scholarship recipients can use their award at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

The winners from Gwinnett are:

From Duluth High:

Angela L. Zhang

Probable career field: Neuroscience

National Merit Novartis Scholarship

From the Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology:

Mark Wang

Probable career field: Computer science

National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship

Michael Wang

Probable career field: Engineering

National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship

From Peachtree Ridge High:

Nitant Rupesh Dandekar

Probable career field: Computer LLC science

National Merit Georgia-Pacific Scholarship