The students are part of a group of approximately 1,000 National Merit finalists chosen to receive scholarships financed by companies, foundations, and other business organizations.
Winners of the corporate-sponsored scholarships, with their probable career fields in parentheses, are:
Kristin Edwards of Lake Braddock Secondary School (conservation research), National Merit CSC Scholarship.
Debbie Pan of Langley High School (medicine), National Merit CSC Scholarship.
Lindsey Joost of Madison High School (journalism), National Merit General Dynamics Scholarship.
Weina Bao of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) (engineering), National Merit Lockheed Martin Academic Scholarship.
Robert Campion of TJHSST (aerospace engineering), National Merit Honeywell Scholarship.
George Liang of TJHSST (biological engineering), National Merit Macyâ€™s Inc. Scholarship.
Marvin Qian of TJHSST (medicine), National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship.
Mihir Srivastava of TJHSST (engineering), National Merit Accenture Scholarship.
Corporate sponsors provide merit scholarship awards for National Merit finalists who are children of their employees or members, who are residents of communities the companies serve, or who have career interests the sponsors want to encourage.
Corporate-sponsored merit scholarship awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Others provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use the awards at regionally accredited U.S. colleges or universities of their choice.