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Four D-B seniors among local National Merit winners

Rick Wagner • Apr 27, 2020 at 7:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Six Northeast Tennessee high school seniors have won in the first round of the National Merit Scholarships. The winners include four students from Dobyns-Bennett and one each from Science Hill and University School.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on Wednesday released the names of the first group of winners in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the six, five were funded by Eastman Chemical Company.

Approximately 1,000 seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 160 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, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $1,000 to $10,000. 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.

The local winners are:

* George J. Armentrout of D-B, with a probable career in computer science. Eastman funded his scholarship. 

* Arnab E. Dey of D-B, with a probable career in engineering. Eastman provided the scholarship.

* Ethan H. Maness  of D-B, with a probable career of computer science. His scholarship came from Eastman.

* Lillian J. McCloud of D-B, with a probable career in industrial engineering. Eastman provided the scholarship.

* Daniel Feng of Science Hill, with a probable career field of biomedical engineering. 

* Vijay R. Ananthula of University School. W.W. Grainger Inc. provided his scholarship.

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