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Four Katy ISD Students Receive Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently released the names of the first group of winners in the 56th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

The following four Katy ISD students have won 2011 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships:

Lynn Gai, Taylor HS, National Merit BP Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

Nikhil Garg, Taylor HS, National Merit BMC Software, Inc. Scholarship

Reinaldo Amendola-Mayorga, Cinco Ranch HS, National Merit Chevron Corporation Scholarship

Sirus Jesudasen, Seven Lakes HS, National Merit BP Foundation, Inc. Scholarship

Theses scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study, and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

The National Merit Scholarship program will soon release the names of its coveted National Merit Scholarship recipients, as well as winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarships.  For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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