Three local Merit Scholars announced

2013-07-15T14:29:00Z 2013-07-15T20:14:21Z Three local Merit Scholars announcedTimes Staff nwitimes.com
July 15, 2013 2:29 pm  • 

Three local students are among approximately 1,800 additional National Merit Scholarship Corp. winners announced Monday. These Merit Scholar students join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution.

The students are Michael J. Peters and Jennifer Tassaro, both of Munster, and Soren I. Bjornstad, of Valparaiso.

Peters, who graduated from Munster High, won a National Merit Scholarship from Indiana University, Bloomington. His probable career field is science and research, and Tassaro, who also graduated from Munster High, won a National Merit Scholarship from Miami University of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio. She has not decided on her career field.

Bjornstad, who graduated from Valparaiso High, won a National Merit Scholarship from St. Olaf College, a liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America in Northfield, Minn. Bjornstad's probable career field is computer science.

College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. This year, 190 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,300 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 113 private and 77 public institutions in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

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