Two Waunakee students are among the more than 3,500 recipients of National Merit Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.

Kendra Gering and Dane Luebke, who both graduated from Waunakee High School June 1, both received the scholarships.

According to the announcement from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, Gering’s probable career field is ministry. She received a scholarship from Wheaton University, a Christian liberal arts college located 25 miles west of Chicago.

Luebke’s probable career field is financial planning, according to NMSC. He received a scholarship from the University of Minnesota.

Officials of each sponsor colleges select their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program who plan to attend their institution. These awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution funding the scholarship.

An additional group of Scholars will be announced in July, bringing the total number of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship recipients in the 2019 competition up to about 4,100.

More than 1.6 million juniors throughout the United States entered the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program when they took the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen for entrants.

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