Four CMS seniors are National Merit winners in third round

Four high school seniors in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools have won National Merit Scholarships in the third round of announcements. The students – two from Myers Park High, one from South Mecklenburg High and one from North Mecklenburg High – were among more than 3,500 winners announced June 5.

The final selection round for National Merit scholarships will be held in July. In all, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will name about 7,600 students in 2019 who will receive approximately $31 million in scholarships.

The CMS winners, their colleges and probable career choices are:

  • Claire E. Miklaucic of Myers Park High. Claire received a scholarship from the University of Florida in Gainesville. She plans to find a career in healthcare.
  • Liam J. Robinson of Myers Park High. Liam received a scholarship from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. He plans to study aerospace engineering.
  • Logan D. Robinson of South Mecklenburg High. Logan has not decided on a career field but has received a scholarship from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.
  • Madison L. Hopkins of North Mecklenburg High. Madison received a scholarship from Emory College in Atlanta and plans to study biology.

Students automatically enter the scholarship competition when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test in their junior year. In 2016-2017, more than 1.6 million juniors in 22,000 high schools across the country took the test and 16,000 semi-finalists were named in September of last year. Semi-finalists were the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To advance to the finals, each student had to complete a detailed scholarship application, including an essay and information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership. To become a finalist, students also had to have outstanding academic records, have SAT scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance and have a recommendation from a school official. In all, 15,000 students in the U.S. were named 2016 finalists.

Funding for the third round of National Merit Scholarships has been provided by 173 colleges and universities: 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia. The 2019 awards are the 64th year of the National Merit Scholarship competition.