Posted: Monday, July 18, 2016
J. L. Mann High Academy Senior Mitchell T. Saunders has been named a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship financed by colleges and universities. He joins approximately 3,000 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Saunders plans to pursue a career in the medical field at Clemson University.
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
This year, 176 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 3,800 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 99 private and 77 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.
This final group of winners brings the number of 2016 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,300. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of approximately $33 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered—2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships, for which all Finalists competed and over 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who met criteria specified by their grantor organizations.