These awards provide up to $2,000 annually for as many as four years of undergraduate study.
Polansky wants to study information technology.
Around 8,000 high school seniors will receive National Merit Scholarships worth more than $35 million. There also are corporate-sponsored merit scholarships.
About 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools competed for National Merit Scholarships based on their 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Those with the highest scores in each state — more than 16,000 — constitute one percent of U.S. high school seniors.
Finalists submitted a detailed application, an essay and recommendations, and had to demonstrate superior SAT scores.
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