Saline high-schooler wins corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship
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A Saline High School student was added this week to the list of corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners.
Ryan Whifield, who plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering, was awarded the Eco-Drive Scholarship from the Citizen Watch Company of America, located in New Jersey.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation first announced the students who won corporate scholarships in late April. However, the award Whifield was chosen to receive became available after the initial announcement, the corporation said in a statement.
In April, three students from Ann Arbor were named corporate-sponsored winners: Alexander Kaldjian from Skyline High School, Joseph Sorenson from Father Gabriel Richard High School and Zibo Zou from Huron High School.
According to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 1,000 high school seniors were given corporate scholarships this year that range from $500 to $10,000 per year of college. The awards are financed by about 200 companies, foundations and other businesses.
Corporate sponsors generally give scholarships to National Merit finalists who are children of employees, residents in the communities they serve or students who plan to pursue college majors or careers that the businesses wants to encourage.