National Merit Scholarships Awarded

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced that 10 San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) high school seniors have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards. These Bay Area students are among 1,000 students nationwide to be awarded scholarships financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

“I applaud our students for their hard work and achievements and am grateful to the corporations that support our students’ educational goals,” said SRVUSD Superintendent Mary Shelton.

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

Funding for these National Merit Scholarships is provided by corporate organizations that represent nearly all sectors of American industry. Sponsors from the business community have underwritten awards offered in all 60 competitions, expending or committing more than $700 million to support the intellectual development of the nation’s scholastically talented youth.

The local 2015 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship winners are;

Bonnie Chen

Probable career field: Computer Science

Monte Vista H. S., Danville

National Merit Nelson F. Peterson Scholarship

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, is based in South San Francisco and serves as headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations in the U.S. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and neuroscience. Roche is the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. These scholarships are awarded to qualifying children of U.S. employees.

Kelly Overstreet

Probable career field: Chemistry

San Ramon Valley H. S., Danville

National Merit Acushnet Company Scholarship

Acushnet Company, headquartered in southeastern Massachusetts, is the premier golf equipment company committed to satisfying serious golfers around the world with golf products of superior performance and superior quality. Acushnet Company Scholarships are awarded annually to children of company employees.

Mimi A. Evans

Probable career field: Entrepreneurship

Dougherty Valley H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Chevron Scholarship

With approximately 59,000 employees, Chevron Corporation is a world-leading integrated energy company, with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future.

Akhil Harapanahalli

Probable career field: Bioengineering

Dougherty Valley H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Nelson F. Peterson Scholarship

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, is based in South San Francisco and serves as headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations in the U.S. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and neuroscience. Roche is the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. These scholarships are awarded to qualifying children of U.S. employees.

Rishi R. Krishnan

Probable career field: Economics

Dougherty Valley H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Citizen Watch Scholarship

Located in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, Citizen Watch Company of America, Inc. proudly sponsors these awards for National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists throughout the United States. CITIZEN holds the leading position in the mid-priced watch market in the United States. Using their proprietary ecologically friendly Eco-Drive technology, CITIZEN watches are powered by light, storing energy that can power the watch for at least six months.

Brian J. Lam

Probable career field: Chemical Engineering

California H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Chevron Scholarship

With approximately 59,000 employees, Chevron Corporation is a world-leading integrated energy company, with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future.

Ye Rim Park

Probable career field: Medicine

California H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Jerry R. Junkins Memorial Scholarship

As one of the world's leading high technology companies, Texas Instruments Incorporated and its employees have strong commitments to supporting excellence in education at all levels. To recognize and reward educational excellence and achievement by our students and their families, each child of a TI employee who achieves Finalist status in the National Merit Program is awarded a TI-sponsored Merit Scholarship award.

Andrew Peng

Probable career field: Engineering

California H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Moody's Scholarship

The Moody's Foundation is a charitable foundation established by Moody's Corporation. These scholarships are available for children of employees of Moody's Corporation and its subsidiaries.

Harsh Wadhwa

Probable career field: Medicine

Dougherty Valley H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Chevron Scholarship

With approximately 59,000 employees, Chevron Corporation is a world-leading integrated energy company, with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future.

Joyce H. Xu

Probable career field: Medicine

Dougherty Valley H. S., San Ramon

National Merit Nelson F. Peterson Scholarship

Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, is based in South San Francisco and serves as headquarters for Roche pharmaceutical operations in the U.S. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and neuroscience. Roche is the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. These scholarships are awarded to qualifying children of U.S. employees.

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