Each sponsoring college selected their winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
This year 194 colleges and universities are sponsoring some 4,600 Merit Scholarship awards in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
West Virginia’s winners are: Brendan Cline, Morgantown High School, West Virginia University; Mark Elliott, Keyser High School, University of Maryland; Bradley Gaensbauer, University High School, West Virginia University; Makenzie Green, South Charleston High School, West Virginia University; Aaron Latos, Lewis County High School, University of Louisville; Lewis Midkiff, Cabell Midland High School, University of Alabama; Shankar Padmanaban, George Washington High School, Emory University; John Semmens, Morgantown High School, Georgia Institute of Technology; David Snuffer, home schooled, Oral Roberts University; Cameron Tucker, Morgantown High School, West Virginia University; Jacob Weidman, West Virginia University; and Andrew Wiesenmayer, University High School, West Virginia University.
Over the past 52 years, more than 250,000 young men and women have won Merit Scholarship awards worth $865 million. The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 500 independent corporate organizations and higher education institutions in an effort to recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.