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.
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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.