Karina Casey, a Queen Creek resident and an Arizona State University Preparatory Academy High School student, has been awarded a National Merit Scholarship.
Ms. Casey was awarded a scholarship from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. According to a press release, her probable career field is computer science.
According to the release, scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors.
Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
Over 1.4 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit
Scholarship competition when they took the 2013 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
Each semifinalist was asked to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay and providing information about extracurricular activities, awards, and leadership positions.
Semifinalists also had to have an outstanding academic record, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and earn SAT scores that confirmed their qualifying test performance.
From the semifinalist group, some 15,000 met finalist requirements.
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