The National Merit Scholarship Corp. has announced three students from the San Ramon Valley Unified School District as winners of college-sponsored scholarships.
The students won scholarships that will provide between $500 and $2,000 yearly toward tuition to finalists who have been admitted to and will attend the sponsoring college.
Harshini Chengareddy, from California High School in San Ramon, received the National Merit University of Southern California Scholarship and plans to pursue medical research.
Judy J. Yoo, from San Ramon's Dougherty Valley High School, earned a scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis and plans to study neurosurgery.
David C. Van Siclen received the National Merit American University Scholarship. A student from Monte Vista High School in Danville, Van Siclen plans to pursue film production.
The national competition began with approximately 1.5 million participants from more than 22,000 high schools across the United States who took the preliminary SAT exam. Last fall, 16,000 semifinalists were named, and they then had to complete an additional application and essay component. More than 8,000 students won National Merit Scholarships this year.
National Merit Scholarship Corp. is a nonprofit organization that conducts the scholarship program in order to recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage academic growth.