Students Win National Merit Scholarships

Two graduating seniors are the recipients of National Merit Scholarships. The students are Krishna T. Gorrepati and Samuel H. Bell. Gorrepati’s National Merit Scholarship is worth $2,500. He plans attend Stanford University to pursue a career in computer science. Gorrepati is also a 2016 Coca-Cola Scholar. He has created an app to provide college-bound high school seniors detailed information about colleges. In 2015 he won a bronze I-SWEEEP medal for his project on sustainable energy.

Bell is the recipient of the National Merit Liberty Mutual Scholarship. He is in the top 15 percent of his class and plans to attend Clemson University in the fall to pursue a degree in civil engineering. He is one of more than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

National Merit $2,500 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.Winners of corporate scholarships are finalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition who also met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage. Most of the corporate awards are renewable for up to four years of college 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 any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

Congratulations to both of these young men!