• June 8, 2018

    National Merit Scholars Two seniors earn National Merit college scholarships

    Two members of the Upper St. Clair High School class of 2018 have earned college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and their respective universities. Awardees include Michael R. Hrehocik and Spencer C. Miller.

    Michael R. Hrehocik earned a National Merit Rochester Institute of Technology Scholarship. He plans to pursue a degree in game design and development.

    Spencer, who will study mathematics, earned a National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship.

    Approximately 190 colleges and universities currently underwrite nearly 4,000 National Merit Scholarships annually. Only finalists who plan to attend a college or university that sponsors Merit Scholarship awards can be considered for one. Winners are selected by officials of the sponsoring college or university. Students entered the scholarship competition by completing the PSAT, the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, during their junior year.

    From approximately 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program, only about 16,000 – the top one percent – were named Semifinalists. In order to advance in the competition and be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, a Semifinalist had to become a Finalist by fulfilling several requirements that included submitting a detailed scholarship application and presenting a record of very high academic performance.

    The program awards three types of scholarships: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships and College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships.

    According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, “The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.” For more information regarding the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit: www.nationalmerit.org.