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LCF teens to receive college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships

La Canada High School boys water polo player #5 Ryan Choi takes a shot on goal vs. San Marino High S
Ryan Choi, seen here playing water polo for La Cañada High in September, is one of two local youths who are among 3,500 students nationwide selected to receive college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships for undergraduate study.
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Two La Cañada Flintridge youths — Ryan Choi of La Cañada High School and Pasadena Polytechnic School senior Olivia Guerra — are among 3,500 students nationwide selected to receive college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships for undergraduate study.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp. announced the latest list of college-sponsored scholarship winners Wednesday.

National scholarship winners were announced May 8, while corporate-sponsored scholarship recipients were announced April 17.

A second round of college-sponsored awards will be released July 15, bringing this year’s total scholarship awards to $31 million to be shared among 7,600 high school graduates.

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Officials from 173 sponsoring colleges in 43 states selected their scholarship winners from a list of finalists for the 2019 National Merit Scholarship program who planned to attend their institutions.

Students will receive from $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years at those institutions.

Choi plans to attend the University of Chicago in the fall, where he has expressed an interest in coursework related to neuroscience.

Guerra is expected to attend Northwestern University, where she plans to explore courses related to the field of applied mathematics.

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