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 Auburn Grad Wins National Merit Scholarship


The National Merit Scholarship Corporation released a list of college-sponsored merit scholarship winners this week, and it includes recent Auburn High School graduate Lael Verace. Verace is among more than 3,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities. He plans to attend the University of Alabama and study physics. Lael Verace

Four Auburn seniors – students in the Gifted Academy who graduated with the Class of 2019 – were named semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship in September:  Melis Dik, Gabriel Roethle, Lael Verace and Ethan Strombeck. All four were named finalists in February, and Strombeck was named a winner in May.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2019 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.

This is the third announcement from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation naming 2019 National Merit Scholars. Additional recipients of college-sponsored awards will be announced on July 15. By the conclusion of this year's competition, about 7,600 academic champions will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million. For more information: www.national