Richland Two Scholar Receives College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship

According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC®), another recent Richland School District Two graduate has received a College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship. Sai Siddharth C. Thumsi is one of around 750 other National Merit Scholarship recipients funded by colleges and universities. These Merit Scholars join almost 3,000 other college-sponsored prize recipients who were revealed in June.

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Thumsi was awarded a National Merit Scholarship to Clemson University. His most likely professional path is in computer science. Thumsi joins six other Richland players. Last month, two scholars were awarded College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships.

Officials from each sponsor college chose their scholarship recipients from among the National Merit Scholarship Program finalists who would attend their institution. College-sponsored grants range from $500 to $2,000 each year for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution that funds the scholarship.

This final batch of winners takes the total number of National Merit Scholars for 2023 to over 7,140. These excellent high school graduates will earn undergraduate scholarships totaling approximately $28 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships were available, for which all finalists competed, and approximately 840 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards were available for finalists who met the criteria specified by their grantor organizations.

The 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which functioned as an initial screening of program entrants, kicked off this year’s battle for National Merit Scholarships.


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