Thirteen local high school seniors each were named in the third group of winners in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program by the Evanston, Illinois-based National Merit Scholarship Corp., released today.

They are: Galloway’s Brendan P. Sallee; Holy Spirit Prep’s David G. Sullivan; Marist’s Allison E. Hart and Jack L. Pantlin; St. Pius X’s Ethan P. Hennessey and Zachary L. Washburn; Westminster’s Katharine E. Greene, Kelsey L. Yao and Iris Yin and Woodward’s Jack W. Cenatempo, Mary E. Lecesne, Samuel M. Kukler and Olivia M. Silva.

Merit announced about 3,500 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 2018 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. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2018 competition to about 4,000.

This year, 178 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 100 private and 78 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2018 by Merit. It named recipients of corporate-sponsored awards April 18 and winners of National Merit $2500 Scholarships May 9.

By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

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