Thomas Hoang of Whitewater High and Harison Rudnick of McIntosh won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. Photos/Fayette County School System.

A pair of Fayette high school students have been named as winners of a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

Thomas Hoang of Whitewater High won a National Merit Walgreen Co. Scholarship. Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain. Hoang plans to study aerospace engineering.

Harison Rudnick of McIntosh won a National Merit Novartis Scholarship. The Novartis Group companies are leading manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products. Rudnick plans to study political science.

Approximately 840 distinguished high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 107 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

Students who met the requirements of their scholarship sponsors and advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition were chosen as Scholars.

Finalists who are children of their employees, inhabitants of the areas the firm serves, or who intend to pursue college majors or occupations the corporate sponsor intends to support are awarded National Merit Scholarships.

These National Merit Scholarships are supported by corporate entities that cover almost all facets of American business. More than $858 million has been spent or committed by sponsors from the business community to assist the intellectual growth of the country’s academically gifted youngsters. These sponsors have financed awards offered in all 68 events.

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