Canadian County grads earn Merit scholarships

Four local students honored with college-sponsored awards

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Four Canadian County high school graduates have been named National Merit Scholars.

Yukon’s Jacob Coleman Bixler and Robert C. Hill and Piedmont’s Gracie E. Meade and Noah C. Kroehn are among 84 Oklahoma students earning college-sponsored Merit Scholarships presented by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

The four Canadian County students are among more than 3,800 winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by 155 colleges and universities.

Formal announcements of two rounds of college-sponsored winners were made June 1 and July 11.

Yukon’s Bixler, whose probable career field is software engineering, earned the National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship. He is a graduate of Crossings Christian School in Oklahoma City.

Yukon’s Hill, whose probable career field is engineering, earned the National Merit Oklahoma State University Scholarship. He is a Mustang High School graduate.

Piedmont’s Meade, whose probable career field is medicine, earned the National Merit Oklahoma State University Scholarship. She is a Piedmont High School graduate.

Piedmont’s Kroehn, whose probable career field is aerospace engineering, earned the National Merit University of Oklahoma Scholarship. He is a Piedmont High School graduate.

Officials from the sponsor colleges selected their scholarship winners from among finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institutions.

College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

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7,200 in 2022

Yukon’s Bixler and Hill and Piedmont’s Meade and Kroehn are among more than 7,200 National Merit Scholars in 2022.

These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study totaling nearly $28 million.

In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit scholarships are offered annually – 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships (for which all finalists competed), and about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit scholarship awards for finalist who met criteria specified by grantor organizations.

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