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Five Tri-Cities seniors win in first round of National Merit Scholarship Program

Rick Wagner • Apr 21, 2018 at 10:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Five Tri-Cities graduating seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships, four provided by Eastman Chemical Co. and one by Citizen Watch Co., in the first round of the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

On April 17, the National Merit Scholarship Corp. (NMSC) released the names of about 1,000 distinguished high school seniors nationwide who have won  awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from among the 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 awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.The local winners are:

Science Hill student Justin M. Canfield of Gray. His probable career field is aerospace engineering, and Eastman provided the scholarship.

Science Hill student Clay Y. Wheeler of Johnson City. His probable career field is computer science, and the Citizen Watch Co. of America, Inc. in Lyndhurst, N.Y., provided the scholarship.

Homeschool student W. Alex Crow of Kingsport. His probable career field is dentistry, and Eastman provided the scholarship.

Homeschool student Elizabeth E. Dotson of Kingsport. Her probable career field is nursing, and Eastman provided the scholarship.

Dobyns-Bennett student Kate L. Tolleson of Kingsport. Her probable career field is medicine, and Eastman provided the scholarship.

 

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