Wheeling Park Student Named College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Winner

A recent Wheeling Park High School graduate is now a National Merit Scholar.

Wheeling Park alumna Marguerite C. Demasi was one of more than 540 students named additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities on Monday.

The scholarship winners join more than 3,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced in June.

Demasi, who plans to study chemistry, will receive a National Merit Scholarship financed by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she will attend in the fall. The institute is a technological university located in Troy, New York.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution.

This year, 173 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,100 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 95 private and 78 public institutions located in 43 states and Washington, D.C.

This is the last group of National Merit Scholar designees the National Merit Scholarship Corporation plans to announce this year. In the spring, the organization announced the winners of corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, National Merit $2,500 Scholarship awards, and the first group of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.

Another Wheeling Park graduate, Lillian Bischof, was named a $2,500 scholarship winner in May. Bischof was named a West Virginia University Foundation Scholar and will study chemical engineering and finance at WVU starting this fall.

The scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who assessed information submitted by both the finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

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