The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that a Duluth High School senior has been named a 2017 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship award winner, earning a corporate-sponsored scholarship to help fund her college education. National Merit Scholars are part of a group of distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
This year’s Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winner from Gwinnett is:
Margaux D. Ratcliff of Duluth High School
Probable Career Field: Materials Engineering
National Merit State Farm Companies Scholarship
The honored GCPS student is among one group of winners in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship program. This year, more than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors across the country have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.
Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or students who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
The competition began when more than 1.6 million high school juniors from 22,000 high schools took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The highest-scoring participants in each state were then selected as semifinalists. From the semifinalist group, 15,000 met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 7,500 will be named scholarship winners, with additional winners named throughout the spring and into summer.
For more information about the NMSC, contact (847) 866-5100.