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Five Katy ISD Students Named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

In the final group of National Merit Scholar designees, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced more than 2,000 winners of scholarships financed by colleges and universities across the country. Katy ISD had a total of five students named on this list, joining nine college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.

The district congratulates the following students:

  • Ha Jung of Cinco Ranch High School: National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship; probable career field is medicine
  • Rohit Rekhi of Cinco Ranch High School: National Merit Rice University Scholarship; probable career field is chemical engineering
  • Amber Wang of Cinco Ranch High School: National Merit Rice University Scholarship; probable career field is economics
  • David Wang of Seven Lakes High School: National Merit Rice University Scholarship; probable career field is medicine
  • Jenna Netland of Taylor High School: National Merit Rice University Scholarship; probable career field is computer science

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.

For the 2011-2012 academic year, Katy ISD had a total of 51 students named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, with 24 of those talented students being named award winners. This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

For more information about the National Merit Scholarship program, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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