Issaquah graduate wins merit scholarship

July 6, 2010

By Staff

Issaquah High School graduate Gretchen Allen is a National Merit Scholarship recipient.

Allen’s scholarship was awarded by Scripps College, a private liberal arts college for women, in Claremont, Calif. While there, Allen intends to study art conservation.

Allen’s scholarship will provide between $500 and $2,000 during each year of her undergraduate studies.

Allen is one among 4,900 National Merit Scholarship recipients this year. There are three types of national merit scholarships awarded — college or university financed, corporate-sponsored and National Merit. In total, their scholarships amount to more than $36 million.

Students are entered into the National Merit Scholarship program by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. If a student scores well on the exam, he or she can be selected as a semifinalist, after which he or she must submit a scholarship application that details his or her academic record, is endorsed by a school official, contains an essay, and earn high scores on his or her SAT exam.

Learn more about the program here.

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