Richland One seniors Catherine Reid and Chloe Louise Courtney Bohl are among the 33 South Carolina students who have won $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. Winners were announced May 13 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which bestowed this highly competitive and prestigious honor on the nation’s most academically gifted students.
Catherine attends Dreher High School and Chloe is a student at A.C. Flora High School. The district extends its congratulations to these outstanding students, as well as their very proud parents, teachers and schools.
Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors receive National Merit Scholarships. Other Merit scholarship winners will be announced in June and July.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships. Winners are chosen based on academic record, standardized test scores, school leadership, community service, an essay and the potential for success in rigorous college studies. There are three types of awards: National Merit $2,500 scholarships that are single-payment awards; corporate-sponsored Merit/Achievement awards that may be renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study or one-time awards; and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards that are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study.