Three students — two from South Iredell High School and another home-school in Davidson —have won National Merit scholarships in the third round of announcements. The scholarships range from $500 to $2,000 annually and are awarded by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. Winners are chosen from more than 15,000 finalists nationwide.
The winners are those with the strongest accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous post-secondary study. Funding for the scholarships comes from either the National Merit Scholarship Corp. or its corporate foundation partners. Students may use the awards at any regionally accredited American college or university.
The competition began in October 2015, when more than 1.6 million high school juniors in more than 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. In the fall of 2016, the highest-scoring participants in each state were chosen as semifinalists and continued in the competition. Another round of winners will be announced in July; in all, about 7,500 students will earn more than $32 million in college scholarships in 2017.
Winner Mary K. Yukich of Davidson was home-schooled and plans to study education at Harding University.
South Iredell High School winners are Cristina E. Bonnin of Mooresville 28117 and Kate L. Huffman of Statesville. Bonnin will study biochemistry at Furman University. Huffman plans to study physics at University of Alabama.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. previously announced winners April 19 and May 10. The final announcement of winners will be made July 17.