EVANSTON, Ill.—A student at Mansfield St. Peter High School was one of more than 2,500 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.
Steven Nihei was chosen to receive a scholarship by The Ohio State University. Steven plans on studying engineering.
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution.
These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. An additional group of scholars is be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2012 competition to approximately 4,800.
College-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are a part of the group of about 8,300 high school seniors who are to receive National Merit Scholarships for college undergraduate study worth more than $35 million.
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Last fall, approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.