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Posted April 23, 2013

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Seven APS Seniors Receive National Merit Scholarships

The students represent La Cueva, Eldorado, Manzano and Cibola high schools.

Seven Albuquerque Public Schools high school seniors have been named winners of corporate-sponsored scholarships in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

About 1,000 high school seniors around the country have won National Merit Scholarships financed by some 200 corporations and business organizations.

“We are very proud of these students and the honor they have received in being awarded these scholarships,” said APS Supt. Winston Brooks.

The students qualified as semifinalists based on their performance on the 2011 pre-SAT. To advance as a finalist, students must continue to have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by their school principal, and earn high SAT scores during their junior or senior year.

The students also submitted applications with essays and information about their participation in school and community activities.

Named as scholars were Stephanie Brener of La Cueva High, Katherine Cordwell of Manzano High, Robert Cutler of Eldorado High, Alexandra Porter of La Cueva, Justin Sanchez of La Cueva, Aja Watkins of Eldorado, and Emily Stirrup of Cibola High. All seven students will receive scholarships sponsored by the Lockheed Martin Corporation Foundation.

These scholars were selected from finalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program who meet the criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate organizations generally provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue careers the grantor wishes to encourage.

Most of these 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.

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