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Auburn Student Named National Merit Scholarship Winner


An Auburn High School senior has won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Daniel Nielsen is one of 2,500 students nationwide to receive the scholarship. He was chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.

Nielsen is in the Renaissance Gifted Academy at Auburn. His high school counselor, Barbara Thompson, says of Nielsen: “Daniel is an asset to the Auburn community with his strong academic achievement, character, leadership and contributions to society. He has developed a strong confidence from within because of what he has accomplished, rather than because of the recognition he has received.”

He will attend the University of Alabama in the fall and intends to major in chemical engineering.

The $2,500 scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The winners were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. By the end of this year’s competition – which includes college-sponsored and corporate-sponsored awards as well -- about $34 million in scholarships will have been awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.​