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SPPS Students Awarded National Merit Scholarship Awards

Three Saint Paul Public Schools students have received National Merit Scholarship financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Mikhalina Solakhava, a student at Central High School, received the scholarship award from Carleton College.

Isabel A. Harrelson and Alexis A. Lipstein, both students at Highland Park Senior High School, received their scholarship awards from the University of Minnesota. Isabel plans to study nursing at the University of Minnesota. Alexis plans to study Alternative Energy.  

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

In addition to the college-sponsored awards, two Saint Paul Public Schools students received National Merit Scholarship awards.

Mary Ostergren, a student at Central High School, received the corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship award. Mary, who plans to study Public Health, received the award from 3M.

Nathaniel Alden, a student at Highland Park Senior High School, was recently awarded the National Merit $2,500 Scholarship award sponsored by the State Farm Companies Foundation. Nathaniel plans to study Astrophysics,

Scholars were selected from students who advanced as finalists 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.

The 2,500 Merit Scholars were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in college studies.