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2018 Auburn Grad Named National Merit Scholar


​Auburn High School Class of 2018 graduate Ellen Chidley was named a National Merit Scholarship Winner financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Chidley is among approximately 3,500 winners announced today. She plans to attend the University of Alabama and study biology. Ellen Chidley

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from the pool of finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. Four Auburn students were named semifinalists in September, then finalists in March for scholarships in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program: Andrew Baxter, Ellen Chidley, Logan Power and William Snedegar. All four students graduated in May from the Gifted Academy at Auburn. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released a list of scholarship winners in May, including Andrew Baxter. Today’s announcement is the third National Merit Scholar release in 2018 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 16.

College and university-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, 178 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program.

More than 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors in the United States.

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