Twelve area students among prestigious group of National Merit Scholarship awardees

SM South graduate Amelia Mullin is among the winners of this year’s National Merit Scholarships. Photo credit Inter-State Studio & Publishing Company.

A dozen area students are among the announced winners of this year’s National Merit Scholarships.

The local scholarship recipients fall into two categories: The National Merit Scholarship Corporation financed awards, which provide $2,500 annually for up to four years; and the College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships, which provide $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years.

Each year, just 7,600 students nationwide are named recipients of the scholarships, which recognize academic potential based on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit
Scholarship Qualifying Test as well as high school records and essays.

Another round of college-sponsored scholarship winners will be announced July 15.

The already announced local winners are:

  • Caroline Satsky of Lake Quivira, St. James Academy. National Merit Texas Tech University Scholarship. Probable career field: Mathematics.
  • Ross Wojcik of Lake Quivira, Rockhurst High School. National Merit Northwestern University Scholarship. Probable career field: Biomedical engineering.
  • Amy Qiang of Lenexa, SM West. National Merit W. Harold Otto Scholarship (University of Kansas). Probably career field: Chemical engineering.
  • Nicholas Wallenburg of Lenexa, SM West. National Merit University of Nebraska – Lincoln Scholarship. Probable career field: Law.
  • Grant Goode of Prairie Village, SM East. National Merit University of Arkansas – Fayetteville Scholarship. Probable career field: Computer engineering.
  • Megan Goetz of Shawnee, SM Northwest. National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship. Probable career field: Medicine.
  • William Hecht of Shawnee, Mill Valley High School. National Merit W. Harold Otto Scholarship (University of Kansas). Probable career field: Engineering.
  • Amelia Mullin of Shawnee, SM South. National Merit Kansas State University Scholarship. Probable career field: Architectural Engineering.
  • Miranda Jane Hack of Westwood, SM East. National Merit University of Souther California Scholarship. Probably career field: Environmental engineering.
  • Sabrina Lin of Leawood, SM East. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Probable career field: Astrophysics.
  • John Matulis of Lenexa, St. James Academy. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Probable career field: Civil engineering.
  • Andrew Deister II of Mission Hills, Pembroke Hill. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Probable career field: Investment banking.