Two local high school seniors – Galloway’s Wesley Hardin and Chamblee’s Charles Holt – each were named in the first group of winners in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program by the Evanston, Illinois-based National Merit Scholarship Corp., released April 18.

About 1,000 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these 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.

This is the first announcement of National Merit Scholars in 2018 by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. It will name recipients of National Merit $2,500 scholarships May 9 and winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards June 6 and July 16. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

For more information, visit www.nationalmerit.org.

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