Two Beaufort High School seniors were announced Wednesday as winners of National Merit Scholarships.
Michael Cook and Adam Lipsitz are among 8,000 high school seniors nationwide who will receive $2,500 National Merit Scholarships for college study.
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 hopes to pursue nursing. Lipsitz, a Heritage Classic Foundation Scholar as well as a Beaufort County School District Senior Scholar, plans to attend Clemson University to study engineering.
The winners were chosen from a pool of 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 recommendation from their school.
Most of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation's college-sponsored scholarships are made possible through the support of about 440 independent corporate and college sponsors.