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Four Madison students earn National Merit Scholarship awards

MADISON – Four students in Madison City Schools are among the first group of in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Sai Sumedha Bobba, Benjamin Garrett, Michael Pagan-Selby and Rohan Sethi received the honor. National Merit Scholarship Corporation identified approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors who have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. About 160 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations finance the scholarships.

SAI SUMEDHA BOBBA at James Clemens High School has decided on neurosurgery as a probable career. Bobba received the National Merit Siemens Scholarship. Siemens Corporation produces and markets electrical and electronic systems, instruments and components for medicine, science and industry. The Siemens Foundation funds the scholarship, which supports higher education and honors high school students with exceptional talents, along with aiding as many as possible in obtaining a college education.

MICHAEL PAGAN-SELBY at James Clemens wants to work in aerospace engineering. He earned the National Merit General Dynamics Corporation Scholarship. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., General Dynamics employs approximately 50,000 workers worldwide. The company has leading market positions in business aviation; information systems; shipbuilding and marine systems; and land and amphibious combat systems. The company sponsors Merit Scholarships as a demonstration of its commitment to the well-being of its employees and their communities.

ROHAN SETHI at James Clemens likely will pursue a career in medicine. Sethi received the National Merit Northrop Grumman Scholarship. Based in Los Angeles, Calif., Northrop Grumman primarily serves the defense and electronic systems requirements of governments, commerce and industry in the United States and other nations. Northrop Grumman annually supports Merit Scholarship awards for employees’ children.

BENJAMIN GARRETT attends Bob Jones High School and is interested in a career in music. Garrett was awarded the National Merit Boeing Scholarship. The Boeing Company supports Merit Scholarship awards annually for children of employees. The Merit Scholarship awards are a part of The Boeing Company’s comprehensive aid-to-education program.

Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships to finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves or college-bound students who plan to pursue college majors or careers that the company wants to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Some awards provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

National Merit Scholarship Corporation will name recipients of National Merit Scholarshipsk for $2,500 on May 13, and winners of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards on June 3 and July 13.

For more information, visit nationalmerit.org.

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