FAIR LAWN, NJ - Anna M. Shamis, a Fair Lawn High School student, is a National Merit Scholarship awardee. She will attend the University of South Florida where she is most likely to study medicine.

The announcement came today out of Evanston, Illinois, from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Shamis was among more than 3,300 winners of the scholarship financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

The University of South Florida has four campuses, in Tampa (main campus), St. Petersburg, Sarasota, and Lakeland, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The university enrolls over 41,000 students in Bachelor's, Master's, and Ph.D. programs of the College and Schools of Arts & Sciences, Architecture, Business, Education, Engineering, Health Sciences, Honors, Marine Science, Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Visual & Performing Arts and Pre-Medical preparations. 

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Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2020 competition to about 4,100. 

This year, 167 higher education institutions are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards through the National Merit Scholarship Program. Sponsor colleges and universities include 92 private and 75 public institutions located in 43 states and the District of Columbia.