Thirty-three area students have won National Merit scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.
The colleges selected the recipients from among finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institutions, according to a news release issued by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.
The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.
There are 190 higher education institutions that underwrite scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges and universities include 113 private and 77 public institutions across 44 states and the District of Columbia.
About 1.5 million juniors in 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, or PSAT.