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PNHS, PHSCC graduates earn National Merit college-sponsored scholarships

Plainfield – Plainfield High School-Central Campus graduate Simon Snydersmith and Plainfield North High School graduate Samantha Bowser are two of more than 2,600 students nationwide to win a National Merit college-sponsored award as part of the 2022 National Merit Scholarship program.

The prestigious National Merit Scholarship program honors academically talented high school seniors and lets them compete for National Merit Scholarship awards in several categories.

This year, 155 colleges and universities are underwriting Merit Scholarship awards. These college-sponsored awards range from $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

Snydersmith’s scholarship came from Purdue University. He intends to study mechanical engineering. Snydersmith graduated from PEHS in May 2022.

Bowser’s scholarship came from Iowa State University. She intends to study marketing. Bowser graduated from PHSCC in May 2022.

Both earned National Merit Finalist status by building an outstanding academic record throughout high school and qualifying SAT scores, among other criteria.

High school juniors nationwide entered the 2022 National Merit Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The pool of semifinalists comprises less than one percent of all United States high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

In all, about 7,500 students nationwide won National Merit awards and scholarships in various categories worth about $28 million.

Earlier this spring the program announced winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500 scholarships.