Two Incline grads receive National Merit scholarships |

Two Incline grads receive National Merit scholarships

Jordan Jones was valedictorian of the 2012-13 Incline High School senior class.
Courtesy Frank Fisher |

Nine high school seniors from the Washoe County School District will receive college scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for the 2013-14 school year.

Colleges and universities sponsor National Merit Scholarships that are renewable and cover up to four years of undergraduate study at the sponsor institution. Stipends range from $500 to $2,000 annually. Within those limits, officials at the college determine each winner’s annual merit scholarship stipend using financial information filed with the institution.

Andy Shao, a recent graduate of Wooster High School, has been named a Merit Scholar, and will receive a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. Eight other students — including Jordan Jones and Ginetta Sagan from Incline High — will receive college-sponsored scholarships from the schools in which they plan to enroll this fall.

“We are tremendously proud of these students’ accomplishments,” WCSD Chief School Performance Officer Paul LaMarca said in a statement. “We know their successes will continue as they move forward in their academic careers.”

Jones, who was valedictorian of the 2012-13 senior class at Incline High, is pursuing a career in medicine and will enroll this fall at the University of Nevada, Reno. Sagan will enroll this fall at Tufts University near Boston, pursuing a career in international relations.

This year, 190 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,300 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 113 private and 77 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia. This final group of winners brings the number of 2013 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,800.

NMSC, a nonprofit corporation that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over the past 58 years, more than 300,000 outstanding young men and women have won National Merit Scholarships worth over $1 billion. The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC’s efforts to recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

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