Three Students Win Merit Scholarship

Three Northern Panhandle students are winners of National Merit Scholarships.

Local winners include James A. Coleman and Karl J. Mueller II of Wheeling and Caroline A. Bantug of Sistersville.

Coleman and Mueller, both students at Wheeling Park High School, received the National Merit West Virginia University Foundation Inc. Scholarship. Both will attend WVU where Coleman plans to study engineering, while Mueller intends to study computer engineering.

Bantug, a Tyler Consolidated High School student, received the National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship. She plans to attend the University of Oklahoma and study biomedical engineering.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Semifinalists were then chosen from that group.

To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists first had to advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements. Each semifinalist was asked to submit 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 the qualifying test performance.