College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners Named

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EVANSTON, Ill. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation on May 29 announced approximately 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.

These 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 2013 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 in California include:

• Michael Y. Ishida of Cerritos, a student at Gretchen Whitney High School. Probable career field: mechanical engineering. He received the National Merit Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Scholarship. The coeducational, technological university is located in the Capital District of Upstate New York.

• Dylan Nakagawa Jew of Saratoga, a student at Saratoga High School. Probable career field: electrical engineering. He received the National Merit Washington University in St. Louis Scholarship. The university is a private, middle-sized, coeducational institution of strong academic nature and stature.

• Marie A. Mihara of San Mateo, a student at Aragon High School. Probable career field: medicine. She received the National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship. The doctoral degree-granting research university is located in Norman, Okla.

• Emily Tonogai of Los Altos, a student at Woodside Priory School in Portola Valley. Probable career field: chemistry. She received the National Merit Carleton College Scholarship. The private college is located south of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Northfield, Minn.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are a part of a 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 $2500 Scholarships. For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org/.

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