EVANSTON, Ill. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation on May 28 announced approximately 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,500 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarships.

An additional group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2014 competition to approximately 4,500.

This year, 190 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 113 private and 77 public institutions in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

A distinguished group of about 8,000 high school seniors will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $35 million. Earlier this spring, NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships and National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

California recipients include:

• Michael Y. Shoga of Heritage Christian School in North Hills, National Merit Occidental Scholarship. Probable career field: Biochemistry. Occidental is a privately endowed, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences. There are 1,700 students (900 men, 800 women), 85 percent of whom are in residence and 50 percent of whom receive financial aid. The college operates on a three-term, three-course program, leading to a bachelor of arts degree in one of 31 fields. Approximately 65 percent of the seniors continue on to graduate studies.

• Yuri S. Motoyama of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School in Rolling Hills estates, National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship. Probable career field: Pathology. The University of Chicago is small, private, coeducational and residential; it has an international reputation for distinction. The college (3,425 undergraduate students) offers liberal arts training in over 60 areas; 3,100 students are enrolled in four graduate divisions and about 3,000 in seven graduate professional schools.

For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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