She received a scholarship to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which according to a National Merit news release provides for individualized study in a university framework and a study body of 5,600 undergraduates. She plans to go into medicine. She is among about 3,000 nationwide in this round of scholarships, which range from $500 to $2,000 a year, and will be among about 4,000 when the July announcement is made.
This year, 184 higher education institutions are underwriting such awards through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation program. Of those are 106 private and 78 public institutions in 45 states and the District of Columbia.