McKINNEY (May 29, 2014) — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced approximately 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, and three McKinney ISD seniors were among the distinguished recipients.

Matthew Barrett of McKinney High School has earned a scholarship from the University of Alabama, Jacob Hardin, also from McKinney High School, has earned a scholarship from Texas A&M University and Daniel Holland of McKinney North High School is the recipient of a scholarship award from the University of Oklahoma.

Officials of each sponsor college selected these scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. National Merit Finalists represent the top one percent of U.S. high school seniors who took the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®) as juniors and then confirmed their scores through their performance on the SAT.

These college-sponsored 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 2014 competition to approximately 4,500.

This year, 190 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 113 private and 77 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are a part of the distinguished group of about 8,000 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $35 million.

Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit® $2,500 Scholarships. Four other MISD National Merit Finalists were among those recipients. McKinney Boyd High School Salutatorian Raahil Sha and fellow Boyd senior Tiffany Nguyen received National Merit Corporate-Sponsored Scholarships and Boyd Valedictorian John Henk and McKinney High School Valedictorian Roshni Patel were awarded National Merit Scholarships.

2014 National Merit Scholarship Competition

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.


To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists first had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each Semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met requirements for Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2014.

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors. These sponsors join NMSC in its efforts to enhance educational opportunities for America’s scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Information provided by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

For additional information on McKinney ISD, contact Shane Mauldin, MISD Communications Coordinator, at 469-302-4007 or smauldin@mckinneyisd.net.

 

About McKinney ISD

One of the fastest growing school districts in Texas, the McKinney Independent School District currently enrolls more than 24,750 students in 20 elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, four alternative schools and one early childhood education school. The mission of McKinney ISD, the champion for progressive learning throughout the diverse McKinney community, is to inspire and equip all students to explore, develop and express their unique potential as innovators, critical thinkers and collaborators through challenging, engaging and diverse learning experiences in vital partnership with the community. Visit the district's website at mckinneyisd.net.