Issaquah students selected for National Merit Scholarships

May 1, 2012

By Staff

Three Issaquah students have been selected as corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship recipients.

The Boeing Co. supports merit scholarship awards annually for children of employees as a part of its comprehensive aid to education programs.

Karsten A. Ball, Daniel J. Gorrie and Steven Z. Yang join approximately 1,000 high school seniors nationwide who have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations.

Ball and Gorrie — who attend Skyline and Interlake high schools, respectively — were awarded corporate scholarships from The Boeing Co. Ball plans to study foreign service, while Gorrie plans to study computer science.

Yang, an Issaquah High School student, received a merit scholarship sponsored by the Siemens Corp. He plans to study computer science.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of the awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000.

Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

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