EVANSTON, ILL. — National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced today more than 3,300 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 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.

Locally, Ryanne M. Barrett of South Orange, who will be attending Tufts University after graduation from Columbia High School, has been awarded a National Merit Tufts University Scholarship. Barrett is interested in entering the biomedical engineering field.

These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution nancing 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.

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College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners announced today are a part of the distinguished group of about 7,600 high school seniors who will receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth over $30 million. Earlier this spring,NMSC announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The majority of National Merit Scholarships provided each year are made possible by the support of approximately 400 independent corporate and college sponsors. These sponsors join NMSC in its efforts to enhance educational opportunities for America’s scholastically talented youth and to encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

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