Special to Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) -The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Among the 3,500+ recipients, one of them is from Lakewood Ranch High School in Manatee County.

Anthony LaMarc, National Merit University of Florida Scholarship, is interested in studying Computer Science.

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LRHS’s Anthony Lemarc is a National Merit Scholar.

Officials from each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. The award will provide between $500 and $2,000 annually, for up to four years of undergraduate study. This year, 173 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients to 4,100 for 2019.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are part of the distinguished group of nearly 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth more than $31 million.

Three high school seniors from Manatee County’s traditional public schools, and one from a Manatee County charter school, were named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists last year. Braden River High School’s Grace Hill was named a Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship recipient from PepsiCo Foundation in April. She is interested in a career in Government Service.

More than 1.6 million juniors in approx. 22,000 high schools entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Last fall, approximately 16,000 Semifinalists were named for being the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one-percent of the nation’s seniors.

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