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Two UAIS grads earn college-based national merit scholarships
Two UAIS grads earn college-based national merit scholarships
Posted on 06/06/2019
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Two Utica Community Schools seniors are among 3,500 students in the nation and one of among only 78 in Michigan to earn a college-based scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Megan Botkin and Katelynn Paluch, of the Utica Academy for International Studies, earned National Merit Scholarships grant financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Botkin received a scholarship Purdue University to study engineering and Paluch earned an award from Hope College to study medicine.

Both Botkin and Paluch are school valedictorians, IB Full Diploma candidates, UCS Advanced Placement scholars, members of the National Honor Society and candidates for a UCS Seal of Global Language.

Students were offered scholarships between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study through National Merit programs funded by colleges and universities.

Students initially qualify for the Merit program by being among the top one percent of students in the country taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

This year, the Utica Community Schools had nine National Merit Scholars who were named finalists for eligible scholarships. Scholars represent the top one percent of all U.S. high school graduates in terms of academic ability.

Earlier this spring, the National Merit Corporation announced merit scholarships to three UCS graduates: Drew Beckman, of Stevenson High School, Nicholas Koshy, of Eisenhower High School, and George Paul, of the Utica Academy for International Studies.