In the last batch of National Merit announcements, one more Manatee County student will receive one of the prestigious scholarships, bringing this year’s total to seven students.
Chris Korda, a recent Manatee High School graduate, was announced as one of the college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners on Monday. Korda will attend University of Central Florida and plans to study electrical engineering, according to the National Merit release.
Corbin Wood, a Manatee High graduate, was a corporate-sponsored National Merit scholarship winner and was announced as a winner in April.
In May, general National Merit Scholarship winners were released and those winners included:
- Chris Lehman of Manatee High School
- Hannah Sage of Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
- Hannah Figueras of Braden River High School
- Sierra VanSuch of Out-of-Door Academy
- Joseph Class of Saint Stephen's Episcopal School
More than 1.5 million high school students entered the National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test as juniors. The 16,000 semifinalists announced in fall 2015 represent less than 1 percent of the nation's seniors.
Almost a dozen Manatee County students were named finalists in the fall.