Evanston, Illinois — The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced approximately 3,000 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, including two from Lafayette High School.

Officials from each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2016 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. An additional group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total to approximately 4,000.

Over 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Last fall, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state-representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

Each semifinalist was asked to submit a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions.

Semifinalists 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.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp., a nonprofit that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program.


Rhea Kataria

Probable career field: Surgical Medicine

National Merit Tulane University Scholarship

Lafayette High School

Collin P. Miller

Probable career field: Music

National Merit Indiana University Bloomington Scholarship

Lafayette High School