Three Beaufort County students have received National Merit Scholarships that are financed by their college.
Reagan Palmer from Beaufort High School received a scholarship funded by the University of Alabama, where she plans to study genetics or medicine.
Two Hilton Head Island High School students also received scholarships. Marianna Parlagreco will attend Clemson University, and Alexander Reamy, who will study astrobiology at Arizona State University.
The three are among 1,800 students nationwide to earn the scholarships.
They join two other Beaufort County students who were announced as National Merit Scholarship winners in late May: Beaufort High students Michael Cook and Adam Lipsitz.
Hilton Head resident and S.C. Governor's School for Science and Mathematics student T.J. Melanson also won a National Merit Scholarship.
College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the school financing the scholarship. The awards are given based on students' scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and an application that included an essay, details about extracurricular activities and leadership, and academic records.