Joel Shane Edwards of Grace Community School in Tyler and Joshua Mashburn of Van High School received the scholarships, according to a news release about the program.
More than 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities were announced by National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists who plan to attend their institution.
Edwards plans to attend Abilene Christian University and pursue a career in musical theater.
Mashburn plans to attend Texas A&M University and pursue a career in agricultural management/development, the news release reads.
The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2012 competition to approximately 4,800, according to the news release.
This year, 197 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 117 private and 80 public institutions located in 45 states and the District of Columbia.