High school seniors awarded Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships
Preethi Narayan and Dhaivat M. Mehta are among high school seniors selected as winners of 2018 Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships to help fund their college education. These 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.
Preethi Narayan (pictured left) (Duluth HS)
Probable career field: Industrial Engineering
NATIONAL MERIT ADP HENRY TAUB MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), with over $7 billion in revenues and 500,000 clients, is one of the largest independent computing services in the United States. Merit Scholarship awards are funded by the ADP Foundation for the children of ADP employees.
Dhaivat M. Mehta (Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology)
Probable career field: Investment Banking
NATIONAL MERIT ACI WORLDWIDE, INC. SCHOLARSHIP
ACI Worldwide is a global leader in electronic payments. Our Universal Payments software is used by the world's top banks and retailers to process more than $14 trillion in transactions each day. If you've shopped online or withdrawn money at an ATM, there's a good chance ACI made your transaction possible. In honor of our talented team of ACIers, we sponsor National Merit Scholarships to recognize the exceptional educational achievements of their children and to support the pursuit of dreams.
Dhaivat was also a candidate this spring for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
These students are among one group of winners in the 63nd 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.
Most corporate-funded awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.
The competition began when more than 1.6 million high school juniors from 22,000 high schools took the 2016 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.
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