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2017 Auburn Grads Named National Merit Scholars


Two 2017 Auburn High School graduates were named winners of the National Merit Scholarship financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Paul White and Shanida Younvanich were chosen as National Merit Scholars; officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from the finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. Winners were announced today. 

White will receive the National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship; he plans to study chemical engineering. Younvanich will receive the National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship; she plans to study corporate finance. Both graduated from the Gifted Academy at Auburn.

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 National Merit Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2017 competition to approximately 4,000. Fellow Auburn Academy graduate Monay Zayed was named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation​ winner in May.

Five Auburn students were named National Merit semifinalists in September, and they all advanced as finalists in February: William Jiang, Cassandra Shriver, Paul White, Shanida Younvanich and Monay Zayed. They are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country competing for scholarships in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,500 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $32 million. Earlier this spring, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500 Scholarships.

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