Shea Polansky, a Scripps Ranch High School senior, has received a National Merit University of New Mexico scholarship, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced.
is one of approximately 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships
financed by U.S. colleges and universities. Officials of each sponsor
college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in
the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their
These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually
for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution
financing the scholarship.
Polansky is expected to enter the field
of information technology. The University of New Mexico, located in
Albuquerque, is a leading research university with renowned faculty and
exceptional facilities for teaching and learning.
Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the
distinguished group of about 8,000 high school seniors who will receive
National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over
$35 million. Earlier this spring, National Merit announced winners of
corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high
schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition when
they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying
Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The
highest-scoring program entrants in each state — more than 16,000 —
represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.
had to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included
writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular
activities, awards, and leadership positions.To advance, they also had
to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a
high school official, and earn SAT® scores that confirmed the
qualifying test performance.
Visit the National Merit Scholarship website to find out more.