County Students Win College-Sponsored Scholarships from NMSC

Seventeen Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) graduates from the class of 2012 have been named winners of college-sponsored scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).

Recipients of college-sponsored scholarships from the NMSC, with their probable career fields in parentheses, are:

  • Meron Belayneh of Edison High School (mathematics), National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship.
  • David Kim of Lake Braddock Secondary School (undecided), National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship.
  • Dylan Kriz of Langley High School (international business), National Merit University of South Carolina Scholarship.
  • Nathaniel Banks of Robinson Secondary School (music), National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship.
  • Matthew Ferrell of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJHSST) (computer science), National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship.
  • Erika Fitzpatrick of TJHSST (undecided), National Merit Carleton College Scholarship.
  • Mingming Hu of TJHSST (computer science), National Merit Georgia Institute of Technology Scholarship.
  • Jerry Li of TJHSST (engineering), National Merit Washington University in St. Louis Scholarship.
  • Aimi Nguyen of TJHSST (dentistry), National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship.
  • Rithvik Prasannappa of TJHSST (medicine), National Merit Washington University in St. Louis Scholarship.
  • Kelsey Rainey of TJHSST (engineering), National Merit Auburn University Scholarship.
  • Peter Reischer of TJHSST (psychiatry), National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship.
  • Benjamin Torczon of TJHSST (business), National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship.
  • Zachary Williams of TJHSST (business/law), National Merit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Scholarship.
  • Kerry Zhang of TJHSST (economics), National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship.
  • Rebecca Holley of Westfield High School (Music/Education), National Merit University of Rochester Scholarship.
  • Ian Van Pelt of Westfield High School (biology), National Merit Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Scholarship.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarships provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. Nationwide, approximately 8,100 students have won Merit Scholarship awards in 2012.

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