Four South Mississippi students will get scholarship funding as a result of exceptional academic achievement in high school. Affiliated colleges with the National Merit Scholarship Program selected scholarship winners from finalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. The awards provide between $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.
The merit program recognized Sunna I. Savani of Ocean Springs High School, Jordan R. Wescovich of St. Martin High School, Joseph Andrew Layton of West Harrison High School and Daniel R. Taylor of Pass Christian High School.
Layton plans to study electrical engineering at the University of Alabama.
Savani plans to pursue a medical career at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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Wescovich intends to study chemical engineering at the Ole Miss.
Taylor plans to study veterinary medicine at Mississippi State University.
More than 1.5 million juniors from 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the SAT qualifying test.
National Merit announced about 16,000 semifinalists last fall, which represents less than 1 percent of the nation's seniors. In April, the corporation announced winners of corporate-sponsored scholarship awards and National Merit $2,500 scholarships.
To become a finalist, semifinalists had to fulfill requirements in addition to scoring high on the SAT, such as listing extra curricular activities, awards and leadership positions.
About half of the finalists will be merit scholarship winners. More merit scholarship students will be announced in July.