ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — Cathleen E. Nalezyty, a student from the Department of Defense Education Activity's (DoDEA) Osan American High School, in Osan, South Korea was recently selected as a National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winner by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. There are three categories of awards: National Merit Scholarships, Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarships and College-sponsored Merit Scholarships. Nalezyty is the recipient of the National Merit General Dynamics Scholarship from General Dynamics. Her career field is Computer Science and Information Systems.
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. Most 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.
About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
In September, Nalezyty and six other DoDEA students were selected as Semi-finalists for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSP). Those semi-finalists are:
• Richard K. Wood of Guam High School, in Guam;
• Colin P. McDonnell of Lakenheath High School, in the United Kingdom;
• Marie-Elise Goetzke of Heidelberg High School, in Heidelberg, Germany;
• Mark C. Davis of Ramstein High School, in Kaiserslautern, Germany;
• Midori E. Cassou of Wiesbaden High School in Wiesbaden, Germany; and
• Katherine M. Kem of Wiesbaden High School in Wiesbaden, Germany.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing. Each Semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions. Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance. From the Semifinalist group, some 15,000 met Finalist requirements.
Additional Merit Scholarship Winners will be announced in the coming months for the other two categories. By the conclusion of the 2012 competition, the NMSC expects to award nearly 8,300 Finalists to receive scholarships totaling over $35 million. Winners are the candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
DoDEA plans, directs, coordinates, and manages pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education programs for Department of Defense (DoD) dependents who would otherwise not have access to a high-quality, public education. DoDEA schools are located in Europe, the Pacific, the United States, Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico. DoDEA also provides support and resources to Local Education Activities throughout the U.S. that serve children of military families.
For more information on the National Merit Scholarship please visit: www.nationalmerit.org/nmsp.php