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Merit Winners at Wheeler, Walton

Two students from each of the two East Cobb high schools have earned National Merit Scholar corporate-sponsored awards.

Four East Cobb students have been named corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarship winners by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation

Catherine F. Brock and William C. Gutman of and Ryan A. Humble and Esther H. Kim of are among the nearly 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. 

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.

Brock, the recipient of the NMS Grumman Scholarship, is interested in the field of chemical engineering. Gutman, a winner of the James E. Casey Scholarship (named after the founder of the United Parcel Service), is interested in economics.

Humble, also a James E. Casey Scholarship winner, has listed aerospace engineering as a possible career field. Kim earned the Lockheed-Martin Academic Scholarship and is exploring a possible career in linguistics. 

Most of these 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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