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Auburn Grad in Final Round of National Merit Scholarship Winners

7/17/2017

​Another 2017 Auburn High School graduate was named a National Merit Scholar today. William H. Jiang will receive the National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced today. His probable career field is computer science.

Jiang is the fourth National Merit Scholar from Auburn's 2017 graduating class. In June, two 201​7 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. Monay Zayed was named a National Merit Scholarship Corporation winner in May. All four winners graduated from the Gifted Academy at Auburn.

With today's announcement, the total number of 2017 National Merit Scholars is more than 7,500. These distinguished graduates will receive scholarships worth a total of more than $32 million.

Three groups of scholarship winners have already been announced: Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, National Merit $2,500 Scholarship awards, and the first group of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. This is the final group of National Merit Scholar designees to be announced in 2017 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

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. 

Five Auburn students were named National Merit semifinalists in September, and they all advanced as finalists in February. They were among approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country who competed for scholarships in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. 

For more information: www.nationalmerit.org