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Two Bristol students earn $2,500 National Merit Scholarships

Rick Wagner • May 10, 2017 at 12:30 PM

BRISTOL— Two seniors from the twin cities of Bristol Tenn.-Va. each have received $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. 

Bristol Virginia High School’s Elizabeth J. Shelton, who plans to study computer science, and Bristol Tennessee High’s Amelia L. Taylor, who plans to study biochemistry received the scholarship supported by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's own funds. This year’s National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners were chosen from more than 15,000 finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Today’s release is the second announcement of winners in the program. On April 19, more than 1,000 recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards were named, and on June 7 and July 17, some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be announced. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.