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Coronado High senior wins corporate scholarship as National Merit Finalist

Madison Rutherford, student CEO of Coronado High's extracurricular Cougars Gone Wired robotics program, poses with the robot during a multi-school scrimmage in the gym in February.
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April 18, 2018
       Coronado High School senior Madison Rutherford has been awarded the National Merit Raytheon Scholarship as a corporate-sponsored winner in the annual competition.
       A two-year CEO of Coronado's Cougars Gone Wired robotics program, she has said she plans to attend Massachusetts' Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a major in chemistry and minor in Spanish.
       Rutherford is among about 1,000 high school seniors nationwide to receive National Merit Scholarship awards so far this year, a School District 11 press release states.
       “Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the Finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met the criteria of their scholarship sponsors,” the release continues. “Most of these 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.”
       According to previously provided information, 15,000 National Merit Finalists are chosen annually out of about 1.5 million initial applicants; about half the Finalists receive scholarships. To qualify, students must have taken the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) as juniors.
       This is the 63rd year of the program, offered by the not-for-profit National Merit Scholarship Corporation.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Schools: Coronado High School)

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