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8 College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships Awarded to Cobb Students

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National Merit Scholarship Program

National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced the names of 8 students from the Cobb County School District as winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. The students graduated from the following Cobb Schools: Campbell High School, Pope High School, Sprayberry High School, Walton High School, and Wheeler High School.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. 

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. The new group of National Merit Scholars brings Cobb’s total Scholars for 2022 to 18 Scholars. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2022 competition to about 4,000. 

6 Cobb Students Earn $2500 National Merit Scholarships

This year, 155 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 82 private and 73 public institutions in 42 states and the District of Columbia. College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for undergraduate college worth nearly $28 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen for program entrants. Last fall, more than 16,000 Semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors. Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, Semifinalists first had to advance to the Finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each Semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirmed the qualifying test performance. Over 15,000 met the requirements for Finalist standing from the Semifinalist group, and about half of the Finalists will be Merit Scholarship winners in 2022.

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 400 independent corporate and college sponsors. These sponsors join NMSC in its efforts to enhance educational opportunities for America’s scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

Cobb Schools College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winners: 

Sameer Aurora, Campbell High School

Probable career field: Mathematics

National Merit Emory University Scholarship


Madeleine M. Stewart, Pope High School

Probable career field: Wildlife Conservation

National Merit University of Tennessee Scholarship


Bradley Scott, Sprayberry High School

Probable career field: Real Estate Development

National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship


Fevin Felix, Walton High School

Probable career field: Computer Science

National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship


Ryann A. Jacobson, Walton High School

Probable career field: Theater

National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship


Sungwon Kim, Walton High School

Probable career field: Dentistry

National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship


Carson D. Felton, Wheeler High School

Probable career field: Chemical Engineering

National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship


William P. Jewel, Wheeler High School

Probable career field: Biology

National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship