Six high school seniors from Dane County public schools were named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners and will receive between $500 and $2,000 annually toward their college education for up to four years.
One student each from the Madison, Belleville, Verona Area, McFarland, Stoughton Area and DeForest Area school districts were named College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners.
The students were among 3,100 from across the country to win the award out of a nationwide talent pool of 16,000 student finalists. They will receive scholarships to fund up to four years of undergraduate study at one of 160 higher education institutions.
The recipients were selected by a panel of college admissions officers and high school counselors based on the student’s academic record, including the difficulty of subjects studied and grades earned; preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test scores; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay and a recommendation written by a high school official.
About 7,500 finalists will have earned the “Merit Scholar” title and received a total of nearly $30 million in college scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Competition by the end of 2021.
The Dane County winners are:
Madison: Mirra E. Blehert
Belleville: Jacob J. Kean
Verona: Taylor C. Kalish
McFarland: Nicholas E. Molitor
Stoughton: Anna Q. Lee
DeForest: Clare L. O’Connell