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Three recent Paul Laurence Dunbar High School graduates among final National Merit winners

The last group of students receiving National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities included three May graduates of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School:

• Thomas Huang, who listed his probable career field as medicine, at Tulane University;
• Connor Krolak, biomedical engineering, Vanderbilt University; and
• Angela Vichitbandha, computer science, University of Kentucky.


These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. The 176 sponsoring colleges selected their recipients from among the National Merit finalists who plan to attend their school. These 3,800 students were deemed to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The bulk of the college-sponsored merit scholarships were announced in June, and recipients of National Merit $2,500 awards were named in May. (No students from Fayette County Public Schools were among this spring’s corporate scholarship winners.)

Altogether this year, about 7,300 seniors received scholarships worth more than $33 million.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the competition when they took the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. FCPS had 30 semifinalists among the group announced last fall.

From Fayette County Public Schools Communications

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