Posted: Thursday, June 7, 2018

National Merit Scholarship LogoSeven seniors have been named recipients of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities. They join approximately 3,500 other college-sponsored award recipients nationwide.

William T. Bakker, Greenville High Academy
Biomedical Engineering, National Merit University of South Carolina Scholarship

Taylor A. Lomax, Eastside High School
Music, National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship

Erin E. Phillips, Mauldin High School
Chemistry, National Merit Emory University Scholarship

Mira J. Pichai, Mauldin High School
Computer Science, National Merit Clemson University Scholarship

Vivian N. Ho, Riverside High School
Anesthesiology, National Merit University of South Carolina Scholarship

Andrei G. Robu, Riverside High School
Medicine, National Merit University of South Carolina Scholarship

Allison M. Watts, Riverside High School
Translation, National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship

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, 178 colleges and universities are sponsoring Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 100 private and 78 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

This final group of winners brings the number of 2018 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,500. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of over $31 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

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