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New Mexico’s National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners announced

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Fourteen New Mexico students were named Tuesday as winners of National Merit $2500 Scholarships.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation pays for most of the single-payment scholarships, although some companies and foundations help sponsor some of them.

More than 1.5 million high school juniors from about 21,000 high schools applied this cycle, taking the PSAT/NMSQT, which served as the initial screen of entrants.

Less than 1% of applicants, or 17,000, are named semifinalists and of those, about 7,500 become finalists and earn the “Merit Scholar” title, program officials said in a news release.

The nonprofit NMSC operates without government assistance. It was founded in 1955 specifically to conduct the scholarship program. This week’s is the second announcement of winners in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 1,000 national recipients of corporate-sponsored awards were announced last month and this coming June and July, some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship winners will be named, according to the release.

The 14 New Mexico winners and their schools are:

  • Rosa Bieber-Stanley, Albuquerque Academy
  • Agustin J. Leon-Saenz, Albuquerque High School
  • Casey T. Pei, La Cueva High School
  • Delaney F. Pendleton, Eldorado High School
  • Ryan D. Sanchez, La Cueva High School
  • Connor P. Spears, Albuquerque Academy
  • Sarah J. Wang, Albuquerque Academy
  • Luke Xue, La Cueva High School
  • Rachel E. Simpson, Deming High School
  • Stephen James Ewing, Las Cruces High School
  • Adam J. Rounsville, V. Sue Cleveland High School
  • Evan C. Marion, Santa Fe High School
  • Britney A. Hsu, Taos High School
  • Isaac R. Ortega, Los Alamos High School

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