Eight Baton Rouge area high school seniors were named Wednesday as winners of $2,500 National Merit college scholarships.

More than 2,500 high school seniors have won this year’s National Merit Scholarship awards out of more than 15,000 finalists. Thirty-one of the names on the latest list are from Louisiana.

A first round of scholarship winners was released in April and included one St. Francisville and two Baton Rouge high school seniors, Kyle Sellers, Elizabeth A. Feltner and Sean Kennedy. More winners are to be named in June and July.

The Baton Rouge area scholarship winners names that were released Wednesday include Regan Dean, of Baton Rouge, Runnels High School; Jacob DeWitt, of Prairieville, Episcopal High School; Henry Kantrow, of Baton Rouge, LSU Lab School; Dominic Maggio, of Slaughter, Catholic High School; Marie Neubrander, of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge Magnet High School; Nicholas Peno, of Gonzales, Dutchtown High School; Paul Stouffer, of Baton Rouge, LSU Lab School; and Kameron Tate of Baton Rouge, Parkview Baptist High School.

The scholarships are mostly financed by corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

The winners were drawn from 1.6 million students who took the PSAT in October 2015 when they were juniors. From that field, first semifinalists, then finalists were selected. A committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors decide the scholarship winners. They appraised the student’s academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned. They also looked at scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, a student essay and a recommendation written by a high school official.

Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

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