EVANSTON, Ill. — At the conclusion of the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program, more than 7,600 National Merit Scholarships, worth a total of over $31 million, will have been offered to distinguished high school seniors for college undergraduate study. More than 1,000 of the awards are financed by about 160 companies, foundations and other business organizations for National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists who meet their scholarship sponsors’ criteria.

One of these corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarships went to William Card, a recent graduate of Sheridan High School.

Corporate sponsors generally provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or have plans to pursue majors or careers the grantor wishes to encourage. Winners are the candidates judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Funding for corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards is provided by sponsors that recognize the value of supporting the intellectual development of some of our nation’s most capable students. Sponsors from the business community, representing nearly all sectors of American industry, have underwritten a portion of the National Merit Scholarships offered in all 64 competitions, expending or committing more than $804 million for scholarships awarded through the National Merit Program.