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Naperville teens win corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships

Naperville teens win corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships
National Merit Scholarship Corp. awards corporate-sponsored scholarships. (National Merit Scholarship Corp)

Two Naperville District 203 students are among first group of winners in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Neya Thanikachalam of Naperville Central High School earned a National Merit Cardinal Health Foundation Scholarship. Cardinal Health is a provider of products and services supporting the health-care industry.

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Neya's probable career field is journalism.

Felix Zheng of Naperville North High School earned a National Merit Arris Scholarship.

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He is looking to study computer science.

About 1,000 distinguished high school seniors won corporate-sponsored scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.

Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves or plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

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Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

By the conclusion of the 2018 competition, about 7,500 finalists will have been selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling more than $31 million.

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