The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced approximately 3,000 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities, with 19 from the Baton Rouge area.

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 financing the scholarship. 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.

NMSC, a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program.

BATON ROUGE

Brennan P. Burke

Probable career field: Medicine

National Merit LSU Scholarship

Catholic High School

Natalie M. Bush

Probable career field: Biochemistry

National Merit Baylor University Scholarship

St. Joseph’s Academy

Jonathan R. Cangelosi

Probable career field: Mathematics

National Merit LSU Scholarship

Baton Rouge Magnet High School

Wellesley J. Dittmar

Probable career field: Veterinary Medicine

National Merit Mississippi State University Scholarship

St. Joseph’s Academy

Adam L. Dixon

Probable career field: Business

National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

Homeschool

Matthew Garrett

Probable career field: Undecided

National Merit University of Georgia Scholarship

Episcopal High School

Tamirra L. Johnson

Probable career field: Medicine

National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship

Baton Rouge Magnet High School

Natasha C. Kelly

Probable career field: Neuroscience

National Merit LSU Scholarship

Ascension Christian High School

Joseph Albert Leo

Probable career field: Medicine

National Merit Baylor University Scholarship

Episcopal High School

Anna Christine Morgan

Probable career field: Biomedical Engineering

National Merit LSU Scholarship

Runnels High Schol

Tram B. Ngo

Probable career field: Biology

National Merit LSU Scholarship

Baton Rouge Magnet High School

Emma Elizabeth Pittman

Probable career field: Civil Engineering

National Merit LSU Scholarship

Baton Rouge Magnet High School

Ashley M. Roy

Probable career field: Medicine

National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship

St. Joseph’s Academy

Nicholas C. Saunders

Probable career field: Religious Service

National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship

Runnels High School

Whitney Estelle Say

Probable career field: Dentistry

National Merit Auburn University Scholarship

St. Joseph’s Academy

Molly E. Sides

Probable career field: Chemical Engineering

National Merit LSU Scholarship

St. Joseph’s Academy

Dylan E. Thompson

Probable career field: Surgical Medicine

National Merit LSU Scholarship

Catholic High School

Stormi Noel Verret

Probable career field: Law

National Merit Louisiana Tech University Scholarship

St. Joseph’s Academy

PRARIEVILLE

Gavin T. Perkins

Probable career field: Investment Banking

National Merit Fordham University Scholarship

Episcopal High School