Three Grandview Heights High School seniors have received corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards.

Three Grandview Heights High School seniors have received corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards.

Susannah Engdahl has been awarded an American Electric Power scholarship, which goes to to children of AEP employees. Engdahl is planning a career in biomedical engineering.

Sarah Gleeson has received a National Merit Battelle scholarship. She plans to major in engineering.

Bryn Woodhouse has been awarded a James E. Casey scholarship awarded by the United Postal Service Foundation to UPS employees and named after the founder of UPS.

More than 1,000 high school seniors around the nation will receive corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 200 companies, foundations and other business organizations.

The recipients were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and meet criteria of their scholarship sponsors. More than 1.5-million students in about 22,000 high schools entered the 2009 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2007 PSAT. Last September, about 16,000 students were named semi-finalists and about 15,000 of them met finalist requirements.

By the end of the 2009 competition, about 8,200 finalists will be selected to receive National Merit Scholarships totaling nearly $36-million.