National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) officials on April 20 released the names of the first group of winners in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Shari Kuroyama of Manhattan Beach won a National Merit Scholarship from Northrop Grumman Corporation, the employer of her parents, Don Kuroyama and Peggy Otsubo.
She attends Marlborough School in Los Angeles, where she enjoys swimming on the varsity swim team, designing jewelry in her metals class, and running the Math Club. The school has honored her as a Cum Laude member, California Scholarship Federation member, and the school’s “Most Valuable Mathlete.”
Outside of school, Kuroyama participates in math competitions and summer math programs, has coached the Manhattan Beach Middle School MATHCOUNTS team, swims with the Swim Torrance club, and works to reduce her times for solving the Rubik’s cube.
She plans to attend the California Institute of Technology in the fall as a math major. Her brother, Ryan Kuroyama, is a ninth-grader at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach.
Northrop Grumman, based in Los Angeles, is a global corporation primarily serving the defense and electronic systems requirements of governments, commerce, and industry in the U.S. and friendly nations around the world. It annually supports Merit Scholarship awards for the sons and daughters of employees.
Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.
Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Most of these 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. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.
For more information on the Evanston, Ill.-based NMSC, visit www.nationalmerit.org.