Students earn National Merit Scholarship awards

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Three additional Beaufort County graduating seniors are among 1,800 students announced as winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities.

Reagan Palmer from Beaufort High will receive a National Merit Scholarship funded by the University of Alabama, where she hopes to study genetics or medicine. Two Hilton Head Island High students are being honored: Marianna Parlagreco will receive a scholarship funded by Clemson University, and Alexander Reamy will receive a scholarship funded by Arizona State University, where she will focus on astrobiology.

Two other Beaufort High seniors — Michael Cook and Adam Lipsitz — were among 2,500 college-sponsored graduating seniors announced as National Merit Scholarship winners on May 29. Cook will attend the University of South Carolina Honors College to study nursing, and Lipsitz will attend Clemson University to study engineering.

College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.