Students get Merit Scholarships

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Four 2017 high school seniors from McIntosh High and Sandy Creek High schools received National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

John McCauley and Cameron Stephens, both graduates of McIntosh High, received a scholarship backed by Bethel University and the University of Oklahoma, respectively. McCauley plans to major in physics and Stephens is planning on a career in aviation.

Phaidra Buchanan and Krista Jackson, both graduates of Sandy Creek High, received a scholarship financed by the University of Georgia and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, respectively. Buchanan plans to major in secondary education and Jackson is looking at a career in biomedical engineering.

These students are among more than 3,200 winners of college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from the finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.