6 East Texan Students Earn National Merit Scholarships
Six area high school students were among the recipients of college-sponsored Na-tional Me-rit Scholarships.
They were Joel Shane Edwards of Grace Community School in Tyler, John W. Golden of Trinity School of Texas in Longview, Kade Ryan Keith of Christian Heritage School in Longview, Matthew Little, a home-school student in Hawkins, Joshua Mashburn of Van High School, and Tyler J. Nichols of Longview's Spring Hill High School.
More than 2,500 students received these scholarships, which are among several offered through the National Merit program, according to a news release about the program.
Officials from each sponsor college selected scholarship winners from among the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program finalists who plan to attend their institution.
The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship, ac---cording to the news release.
Edwards received the scholarship from Abilene Christian University and plans to pursue a career in musical theater.
Golden received the scholarship from Georgia Institute of Technology and plans to pursue an engineering career.
Keith received the scholarship from Texas A&M University and plans to pursue a career in software engineering.
Little received the scholarship from Hillsdale College and plans to serve in the military.
Mashburn received the scholarship from Texas A&M University and plans to pursue a career in agricultural management/development.
Nichols received the scholarship from Texas A&M University and plans to pursue a career in medicine.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce another group of scholars in July, bringing the total number of 2012 college-sponsored Me-rit Scholarship recipients to about 4,800, according to the news release.
This year, 197 colleges and universities are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor schools include 117 private and 80 public institutions in 45 states and Washington, D.C., according to the news release.