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Madison students Grace A. Cardinale, Adeleine E. Chatterton, James M. Clark, Yashas Gentela, Santosh S. Sadasivam and Grant C. Spivey have earned National Merit Scholarships that colleges and universities finance. The photo from 1964 shows President Lyndon B. Johnson, seated, signing the Civil Right Act into law; later that day 58 years ago, President Johnson initiated the National Achievement Scholarship Program. CONTRIBUTED

6 Madison students earn National Merit Scholarships from universities

MADISON – Six students from Madison high schools have received College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation selected students at James Clemens and Bob Jones high schools to receive the funding from college and universities. Established in 1955, the corporation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance.

National Merit Scholarship Program sponsors this annual academic competition to recognize students’ academic talent and to deliver undergraduate scholarships.

The last round of recipients for college-funded scholarships in 2022 includes these students (in alphabetical order):

* Grace A. Cardinale – James Clemens. University of Alabama or UA Scholarship. UA offers more than 150 undergraduate and 85 graduate majors in 12 divisions. The student body of approximately 18,000 comes from across the United States and 60-plus foreign countries. Cardinale’s probable career will be aerospace engineering.

* Adeleine E. Chatterton – James Clemens. University of Alabama at Birmingham or UAB Scholarship. UAB is a comprehensive, urban research university and academic health center with enrollment exceeding 16,000 students. UAB is the only university in Alabama to earn top ranking (Research University I) in Carnegie Foundation’s classifications of colleges and universities. Chatterton plans to pursue genetics as a career.

* James M. Clark – Bob Jones. University Of Cincinnati or UC Scholarship. UC has more than 10 undergraduate colleges and divisions, plus the Colleges of Law and Medicine and the Division of Graduate Studies. The student body represents all 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries. Clark’s chosen career field is music.

* Yashas Gentela – Bob Jones. Purdue University Scholarship. Purdue, a state-assisted university system, has students on five campuses. Among the 25 largest colleges and universities in the nation, Purdue’s West Lafayette, Ind. campus enrollment exceeds 34,000. Gentela’s is planning to enter a career in mechanical engineering.

* Santosh S. Sadasivam – James Clemens. UAB Scholarship. With UAB’s rich mix of academics, honors options, social organizations and Division I sports, students can pursue diverse opportunities and gain valuable experience. Sadasivam has decided on neuroscience as a career field.

* Grant C. Spivey – James Clemens. Vanderbilt University Scholarship. Vanderbilt University is an independent, privately supported university in Nashville, Tenn. Founded in 1873, Vanderbilt offers undergraduate programs in liberal arts, music, engineering, education and human development. Graduate programs are available in The Humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, business, engineering, nursing, divinity, law, medicine and public policy. Spivey will study economics as a career path.

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