The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

July 15, 2014

Wolinski named Merit Scholar

GROVE CITY — Recent Grove City High School graduate Maria J. Wolinski on Monday was named a recipient of a college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship.

Maria, a daughter of Katrina and Jeff Wolinski of 806 Tidball Ave., Grove City, was the only local high school student to make it to the semifinals in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 90 percent of the 16,000 semi-finalists were named finalists and only 7,600 received awards, earning them the title of Merit Scholar.

Maria received the National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship. The university has about 30,000 students and offers more than 300 majors at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels.

A total of 181 colleges and universities sponsored about 4,100 Merit Scholarships this year.

The students were required to go through a rigorous application process to be considered for the scholarship awards, according to a news release issued by the nonprofit National Merit Scholarship Corp.

To become a finalist, each semifinalist had to complete a detailed application, which included writing an essay, describing their leadership and community activities, showing an outstanding academic record and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official.

Maria enjoys math and was on the high school swim team, ran cross country, was a member of the National Honor Society and is active in her youth group at the family’s church, Grove City Alliance Church. She also loves to read and sing.

About 1.5 millions students from more than 22,000 high schools applied for the 2014 program by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The program is in its 59th year.

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