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The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the 2012 winners of the prestigious $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. A total of six Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.

Katy ISD’s National Merit Scholarship winners are:
•    Varun Bora of Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biomedical engineering
•    Ted Deng of Katy High School; probable career field: medicine
•    Abhishek Garg of Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: engineering/entrepreneurship
•    Anse Kwak of Taylor High School; probable career field: engineering
•    Elizabeth Neville of Taylor High School; probable career field: engineering
•    Renee Zhan of Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: fine arts

This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2010, when approximately 1.5 million students in approximately 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state – approximately 16,000 students representing less than 1% of the nation’s high school seniors – were named as semifinalists.

From the semifinalist group, 15,000 students met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. By the conclusion of the 2012 program, about 8,300 finalists will have earned the Merit Scholar title and received a total of over $35 million in college scholarships.

To date this academic year, Katy ISD has a total of 12 seniors receiving scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation – four corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners, two National Achievement Scholarship winners, and the six students announced this week. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are expected to be announced in late May and in July. For more information, visit nationalmerit.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.