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D-B's Corker, Crockett's Cowden win National Merit-funded scholarships

Rick Wagner • May 8, 2018 at 12:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Two  Tri-Cities high school seniors have received National Merit Scholarship Corp.-funded scholarships of $2,500 each. Corbin T. Cowden of David Crockett High School in Jonesborough and John L. Corker of Dobyns-Bennett High School received the scholarships, National Merit officials announced Wednesday.  Cowden’s probably career field is biomedical engineering, Corker’s is physics.

The Wednesday release is the second announcement of winners in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. On April 18, more than 1,000 recipients of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards were named, and on June 6 and July 16, 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 $31 million.

The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.