Blaine high school student earns National Merit 3M Scholarship

Baron Necas, a senior at Blaine High School (BHS) from Coon Rapids, has received a National Merit 3M Scholarship.

Necas was one of 1,000 high school seniors from across the nation who received corporate-sponsored national merit scholarships.

Corporate sponsors provide national merit scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of the community the corporation serves or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.

Necas has indicated he plans to study nuclear engineering.

Most of the 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.

Recipients can use their award at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.

About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2012 National Merit Scholarship competition when they took the 2010 preliminary qualifying test.

In September 2011, about 16,000 semifinalists were designated on a state representational basis in numbers proportional to each state’s percentage of the national total of graduating high school seniors.

Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation’s seniors.

By the conclusion of the 2012 competition, about 8,300 finalists will have been selected to receive national merit scholarships totaling more than $35 million.