Three recent graduates from the Birmingham- and Bloomfield-based recently recieved National Merit Scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Holly Cox of West Bloomfield and Amit Khandhadia of Troy won college-sponsored Merit Scholarships while Patrick Yee of Huntington Woods won a corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship.
Holly was offered a National Merit Wayne State University Scholarship, Amit was offered a National Merit Vanderbilt University Scholarship, and Patrick received a Siemens Merit Scholarship to attend Adrian College.
The corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are often children of a sponsor organization’s employees but may also include students who live in communities where a company has plants or offices, or for students who have career interests or college majors of which a sponsor chooses to support.
The NMSC program was established in 1955 as a high school academic competition for recognition and scholarships. Students enter the program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of more than 1.5 million entrants each year.
Students must also meet program and entry participation requirements, which can be found online at www.nationalmerit.org.