College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships Awarded

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EVANSTON, Ill. — More than 2,900 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities were announced May 25 by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Another group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2011 competition to approximately 4,800.

This year, 198 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 118 private and 80 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.

Recipients of the National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship include:

• Flyn P. Kaida-Yip of Carmichael (Sacramento County), a student at Rio Americano High School in Sacramento. Probable career field: Health care.

• Yoko A. Kimura of Cupertino (Santa Clara County), a student at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino. Probable career field: Law.

• Timothy A. Inadomi of Rolling Hills Estates, a student at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates. Probable career field: Music/entertainment.

USC’s College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is complemented by 19 professional and graduate schools offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate enrollment is nearly 14,000 students; graduate enrollment is about 12,000.

For more information on the scholarship program, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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