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Gwinnett County Public Schools seniors awarded Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarships

April 21, 2021

     The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced that five Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) seniors, representing four of the district’s high schools, were selected as 2021 Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship Award winners, earning corporate-sponsored scholarships to help fund their college education. These National Merit Scholars are part of a group of distinguished students nationwide judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Corporate-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners from Gwinnett are:

Zachariah F. Dawood of Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Probable career field: Academia


Siemens Corporation produces and markets electrical and electronic systems, instruments, and components for medicine, science, and industry. Funded through the Siemens Foundation, the purpose of the scholarship program is to support higher education, to honor exceptionally talented high school students, and to aid as many as possible in obtaining a college education.


Srikar Narayan of Duluth High School

Probable career field: Computer Science


Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP), with over $7 billion in revenues and 500,000 clients, is one of the largest independent computing services in the United States. Merit Scholarship awards are funded by the ADP Foundation for the children of

ADP employees.


Andrea F. An of Brookwood High School

Probable career field: Medicine


Georgia-Pacific Foundation is supported by contributions received from Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia. The Foundation supports Merit Scholarship awards for children of employees of Georgia-Pacific Corporation and its subsidiary

companies. Through this program, it recognizes the need to further the education of the children of company employees.


Avani R. Dhuri of Gwinnett School of Mathematics,

Science, and Technology

Probable career field: Computer Science


Hubbell Incorporated is an international manufacturer of quality electrical and electronic products for commercial, industrial, utility, and telecommunications markets. Hubbell Incorporated operates facilities in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Singapore, and the United Kingdom. The company funds scholarships which are awarded each year to children of its employees.


Christopher T. Rhine of Grayson High School 

Probable career field: Civil Engineering


Winston-Salem-based Truist Financial Corporation operates banking offices in the Carolinas, Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Florida, and Washington, DC. Truist and its subsidiaries offer full-service commercial and retail banking and additional financial services such as insurance, investments, retail brokerage, corporate finance, international banking, leasing and trust. Truist awards are offered to the children of employees of the Truist family.

         These students are among one group of winners in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program. This year, more than 1,000 distinguished high school seniors across the country have won corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards financed by about 140 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

         Scholars were selected from students who advanced to the finalist level in the National Merit Scholarship competition and met criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or students who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

         Most corporate-funded awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $1,000 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.

         The competition began when more than 1.5 million high school juniors from 21,000 high schools took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as the initial screening for program entrants. The highest-scoring participants in each state were then selected as semifinalists. From the semifinalist group, 17,000 met the very high academic standards and other requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 7,500 will be named scholarship winners, with additional winners named throughout the spring and into summer.

         For more information about the NMSC, contact (847) 866-5100