EVANSTON, Ill. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on Monday announced approximately 1,600 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

These designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

This year, 181 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,100 Merit Scholarship Awards. Sponsor colleges include 106 private and 75 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

California recipients include:

• Yuta Okamoto of Irvine, a student at University High School in Irvine. Probable career field: Undecided. National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship.

Vanderbilt University is an independent, privately supported university located in Nashville, Tenn. It was founded in 1873 and is named after Cornelius Vanderbilt, who provided funds to establish the university. The university offers undergraduate programs in liberal arts, music, engineering, education, and human development. Graduate programs are offered in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, engineering, nursing, divinity, law, medicine, and public policy.

• Cayla K. Yasukochi of Newport Beach, a student at Corona Del Mar High School in Newport Beach. Probable career field: Business. National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship.

• Collin Amano of Yorba Linda, a student at Valencia High School in Placentia. Probable career field: Medicine. National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship.

USC is private, coeducational, and nonsectarian, and is located in the heart of Los Angeles. Undergraduate enrollment is nearly 14,000 students. A College of Letters, Arts and Sciences is complemented by 19 professional and graduate schools offering undergraduate and graduate degrees. Graduate enrollment is about 12,000.

For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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