BOUNTIFUL – Five Davis County seniors have been awarded National Merit Scholarships and will receive between $500 and $2,000 annually for undergraduate studies.
The University of Utah has sponsored three of the awards, which will go to David Ord of Bountiful, Allison Oligschlaeger of Centerville and Ethan Swanson of Layton.
Ord, who graduated from Woods Cross High, plans to study nuclear engineering. Oligschlaeger, from Viewmont, listed political science as a probable career field, and Swanson, from Clearfield High, has interest in a career in mathematics.
Jared Lee was awarded the National Merit Arizona State University scholarship. Lee, from Bountiful High, listed aerospace engineering as a probable career field.
Marissa Appiah, a Woods Cross High graduate, was awarded a scholarship from Brigham Young University. Appiah listed medicine as a probable career field.
Students enter the scholarship competition when they take a preliminary qualifying test as juniors. About 1.5 million students from 22,000 high schools participated, according to a press release.
The highest-scoring students are named as semifinalists and make up less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.
Each semifinalist submitted a detailed application with an essay and information about extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions. Students also need endorsements from high school officials and qualifying scores on college placement exams.