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Local students named National Merit Corporate-Sponsored winners

Three local students are among 1,000 across the country who have been named Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program.

These corporate-sponsored awards have been financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations and other business organizations from across the country.

These scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsor. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarship awards to finalists who are the children of their employees.

The 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.

The local students are Katarina Stanley, of Crown Point; Kali Konstantinopoulos, of Munster; and Jason Stout, of Munster.

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Stanley, who is a student at Morgan Park Academy in Chicago, won a National Merit Nisource Employee Scholarship. Her probable career field in engineering.

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Konstantinopoulos, a student at Munster High School, won a National Merit Rockwell Automation Scholarship with probable career field in biomedical engineering.

Stout, a student at Munster High school, won a National Merit James E. Casey Scholarship, and plans to major in civil engineering.

The corporate-scholarship, through the UPS Foundation, was created in 1951 for children of UPS employees.

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Carmen is an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Times newspaper for 20 years. Before that she also had stints at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., The Post-Tribune and The News Dispatch in Michigan City.