5 Columbia students win National Merit Scholarships

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:45 p.m. CDT, Sunday, June 1, 2014

COLUMBIA – Five students from Columbia won college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships for academic excellence, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced Wednesday.

Two of the seniors, Esther Liu and Jennifer Zulovich, attended Rock Bridge High School. Lois You and Augustine Frymire attended Hickman High School. And the fifth Columbia resident, Bennett Rennier, attended Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.

Winning seniors will be granted a scholarship of $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate studies. The funds are provided by the universities the winners plan to attend. 

While 1.5 million juniors applied to the program last year in anticipation of this year's awards, only 15,000 scholars met the finalist requirements. 

In addition to completing a detailed application, students were required to write an essay and provide information about their leadership abilities, extracurricular activities and merits.

Of the 2,500 high school seniors awarded the scholarship in this round of winners, 74 students were located in Missouri. 

A final group of winners will be announced July 14 to complete the $35 million in scholarships awarded to about 8,000 students nationally.

Supervising editor is Landon Woodroof

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