National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of the nationwide set of Finalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered this spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, these finalists must have fulfilled several requirements to advance to this level of the competition.

Waukee High School seniors Joel Berner and Brett Wittmuss have been named National Merit Finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

Joel Berner, senior

Brett Wittmuss, senior

Drum Major for Marching Band
Lead Tenor for Jazz 1
Debate, Mock Trail and Contest Speech
School-to-Work Program
Silver Cord Program.
Trombone for Band
Jazz 2
Robotics Club
Cyber Defense
Silver Cord Program

Types of Merit Scholarship Awards

Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June, NMSC notifies approximately 8,300 Finalists at their home addresses that they have been selected to receive a Merit Scholarship® award. There are three types Merit Scholarship awards:

  • National Merit® $2500 Scholarships
    Every Finalist competes for these single payment scholarships, which are awarded on a state representational basis. Winners are selected without consideration of family financial circumstances, college choice, or major and career plans.
  • Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
    Corporate sponsors designate their awards for children of their employees or members, for residents of a community where a company has operations, or for Finalists with career plans the sponsor wishes to encourage. These scholarships may either be renewable for four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards.
  • College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
    Officials of each sponsor college select winners of their awards from Finalists who have been accepted for admission and have informed NMSC by the published deadlines that the sponsor college or university is their first choice. These awards are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.

Mostly likely both students will choose a College-sponsored Merit Scholarship award. Joel is considering Baylor University or Vanderbilt University while Brett is looking at University of Southern California and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

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