Four graduating seniors from two high schools in the Charleston County School District have won National Merit Scholarships -- Olive Gardner and Martyn Lemon from Academic Magnet School and Matthew Pitts and Justin Taylor from Wando.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp. named 64 South Carolina winners of the scholarships, which are funded by colleges and universities. The awards range from $500 to $2,000 per year for up to four years.
Gardner's scholarship will go toward a public policy major at the University of Chicago. Lemon will major in electrical engineering at Clemson University.
“Both Olive and Martyn have been serious, purposeful students who are highly respected by both their classmates and their teachers,” Academic Magnet Principal Judith Peterson said. “I am confident that each one will be valued members of their university communities.”
Pitts will also major in electrical engineering at Clemson. Taylor will attend the University of South Carolina, majoring in computer science.
“We are pleased to congratulate two Wando seniors on being offered a college-sponsored Merit Scholarship from NMSC,” Wando Principal Sherry Eppelsheimer said. “As [they] prepare to attend these wonderful institutions, the Wando community stands proud of their academic accomplishments, and we look forward to hearing of their continued success.”