Two Beaufort High School seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship winners.
Michael Cook and Adam Lipsitz are among 8,000 high school seniors nationwide who will receive $2,500 for college, according to a news release Wednesday.
Cook, who received a JROTC medal for academic excellence and was named a Beaufort County School District Senior Scholar, plans to attend the University of South Carolina Honors College and pursue nursing.
Lipsitz, a Heritage Classic Foundation Scholar and Beaufort County School District Senior Scholar, plans to attend Clemson University to study engineering.
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The winners were chosen from about 15,000 finalists. Students qualify through their scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and are judged on their academic record, school and community leadership, an essay, and a recommendation from their school.