Three Seniors Win College-Sponsored Merit Scholarships Today, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that three Arlington seniors have earned National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges or universities. More than 2,000 students from around the country were named additional winners of the scholarship and join more than 2,500 who were awarded scholarships in late May. The National Merit scholars are: Yorktown High School Ramsey Opp – National Merit Rochester Institute of Technology Scholarship Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology* Peter Reischer – National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship Benjamin Torczon – National Merit University of Alabama Scholarship Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. This year’s competition for National Merit Scholarships began in October 2010 when more than 1.5 million juniors in over 22,000 high schools took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Last fall, the highest-scoring participants in each state were named semifinalists. *TJHSST is a Governor’s School for Science and Technology located in Fairfax County. The school serves students in Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, and Prince William counties as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. APS pays the tuition costs for students who attend the school.