This is the third round of Merit recipients; the organization awarded its corporate-sponsored awards April 24 and the $2,500 recipients May 8.
The local winners are:
• Golda Minhy Nguyen of John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, who will attend Georgia Tech to study engineering.
• Andrea N. Esselman of South Aiken High School, who will attend the University of South Carolina to study broadcast journalism.
The college-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution providing the scholarship, according to a news release. A second group of scholars will be announced in July, bringing the number of 2013 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients to 4,500.
Recipients enter the competition as juniors when they take the Preliminary SAT and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The students with the highest scores move to the finalist round based on an essay, extracurricular activities and leadership.