Three Tri-City graduates were selected as National Merit college-sponsored scholarship winners.
Catherine Claire Warner from Southridge High School in Kennewick received the University of Oklahoma scholarship, Evan Q. Anderson from Hanford High School in Richland received a scholarship from Washington State University in Pullman, while Virginia S. Kuan, also of Hanford High, received a Boston University scholarship.
They were among 1,600 winners of college-sponsored scholarships nationally, which provide between $500 and $2,000 a year for up to four undergraduate years at the school sponsoring the scholarship.
Warner is undecided on a career field, Anderson plans to enter chemical engineering and Kuan plans to go into computer science, according to a National Merit Scholarship Corporation news release.
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Competition for the scholarships began in 2012, when 1.5 million high school juniors took qualifying examinations. Of those, 16,000 semi-finalists applied to become finalists, a process that required them to write essays and describe their academic success and community activities. The nonprofit corporation named 15,000 students finalists, and more than half of them received one of three types of scholarships.