The Boeing Company honored eight Boeing St. Louis National Merit scholars during a recent ceremony in the company's Prologue Room.
The National Merit scholars, all sons and daughters of Boeing St. Louis employees, were each awarded a scholarship of $1,500 a year for four years at their chosen college or university.
"We are certainly proud of your accomplishments," Doug Kennett, vice president and general manager of Communications and Community Relations, told the students and their parents. "You have a wonderful future awaiting you."
Students qualify to become National Merit scholars based on their academic records and test scores on the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). Selections also are based on recommendations by school officials about a student's extracurricular activities, interests and goals. About 1.2 million high school students in the United States take the PSAT annually, and only 14,000 become National Merit finalists.
Nationally, Boeing awarded scholarships to 60 high school graduates from Arizona, California, Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Maryland, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.
The Boeing 2000 National Merit scholarship winners from the St. Louis area are:
Jocelyn Clogston, Hazelwood West High School. Ms. Clogston, daughter of Walt and Antoinette Clogston, plans to attend Washington University to study physics.
Tim Huegerich, St. Louis University High School. Mr. Huegerich, son of James and Julie Huegerich, plans to attend Rice University to study math, physics and philosophy.
Julia Lonigro, Nerinx Hall. Ms. Lonigro, daughter of John and Marilyn Lonigro, plans to attend the University of Wisconsin and is undecided on an area of study.
Daniel Schramm, Parkway North High School. Mr. Schramm, son of John and Diana Schramm, plans to attend St. Olaf College to study music.
Paul Stanley, Kirkwood High School. Mr. Stanley, son of Keith and Elaine Stanley, plans to attend Iowa State University to study materials science and engineering.
Alecia Vogel, Freeburg Community High School. Ms. Vogel, daughter of Don and Barbara Vogel, plans to attend St. Louis University to study pre-med.
Melissa Wilson, Parkway North High School. Ms. Wilson, daughter of Kenneth and Judith Wilson, plans to attend Harding University and is undecided on an area of study.
Katie Wu, Parkway North High School. Ms. Wu, daughter of Kirby and Grace Wu, plans to attend Case Western Reserve University to study biochemistry.