EVANSTON, Ill. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on May 8 announced this year’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners.

The designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2013 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.

These 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.

Local recipients include:

• Anna Miyajima of Aracadia, a student at Arcadia High School. Probable career field: business management.

• Tomoya Ogura of Irvine, a student at University High School in Irvine. Probable career field: electrical engineering.

For more information on the program, visit www.nationalmerit.org/.


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