The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that seven Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors, representing three of the district’s high schools, were selected as 2018 Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship award winners, earning corporate-sponsored scholarships to help fund their college education. These National Merit Scholars are part of a group of distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. 

 This year’s Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners from Gwinnett are:



Central Gwinnett HS
Andy T. Chea 
Probable career field: Biology
The Novartis Group companies are leading manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and healthcare products.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Emma Q. Cooper
Probable career field: Microbiology/Immunology
The COUNTRY Scholarship Program provides awards for children of COUNTRY Financial employees and financial representatives. COUNTRY, in partnership with its financial representatives, helps families, individuals and businesses protect their possessions and achieve financial security. COUNTRY offers a full range of insurance and financial products and services from auto, home and life insurance to estate planning services, investment management, and annuities. COUNTRY Financial is based in Bloomington, Illinois.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Nathaniel Gieseking 
Probable career field: Mechanical Engineering
The State Farm Companies Foundation believes in developing visionary youth through the power of education. Each spring, the Foundation awards 100 scholarships to legal dependents of employees, agents, and retirees of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries (State Farm®). State Farm Companies Foundation is a tax-exempt private foundation funded by State Farm, the largest auto insurer in the U.S.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Frank Hu 
Probable career field: Chemistry
Novo Nordisk is a world leader in diabetes care with an 80-year history of diabetes innovation. In addition, Novo Nordisk has a leading position within areas such as hemostasis management, growth hormone therapy, and hormone therapy for women. As part of its commitment to employees and education, Novo Nordisk is proud to sponsor Merit Scholarship awards for children of its United States employees.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Dhaivat M. Mehta 
Probable career field: Investment Banking
ACI Worldwide is a global leader in electronic payments. Our Universal Payments software is used by the world's top banks and retailers to process more than $14 trillion in transactions each day. If you've shopped online or withdrawn money at an ATM, there's a good chance ACI made your transaction possible. In honor of our talented team of ACIers, we sponsor National Merit Scholarships to recognize the exceptional educational achievements of their children and to support the pursuit of dreams.

These students are among one group of winners in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program. This year, more than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors across the country have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.     

Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or students who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.      

Most corporate-funded awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.     

The competition began when more than 1.6 million high school juniors from 22,000 high schools took the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The highest-scoring participants in each state were then selected as semifinalists. From the semifinalist group, 15,000 met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 7,500 will be named scholarship winners, with additional winners named throughout the spring and into summer.

For more information about the NMSC, contact (847) 866-5100.