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Published on April 23rd, 2014 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Richland One Student Wins National Merit Scholarship


Mary Elizabeth Saine

Mary Elizabeth Saine, a senior at A.C. Flora High School, is among the 1,000 students nationwide to win a corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. The names of the winners in the first-round of these highly prestigious and competitive scholarships were released April 23 by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Other winners will be announced in May and July.

Mary, the proud daughter of John and Paula Saine, plans to pursue a degree in the field of meteorology. In addition to being a National Merit Scholar, Mary is a Palmetto Fellows Scholar, Furman Scholar, Wofford Scholar, USC Aiken Scholar and Presbyterian College Fellow. She is pursuing a high school diploma in Flora’s academically rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program.  She has received certificates of excellence in AP calculus, IB physics, IB Spanish and English Honors programs. Last year she won the University of North Carolina Book Award and took home a crown as Flora’s junior class homecoming queen. In addition to being an excellent student, Mary volunteers at her church and school and in the community. She enjoys dancing, playing basketball and tutoring students in geometry and chemistry.

Corporations select National Merit scholarship winners, such as Mary, from among the finalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The awards provide $500 to $10,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. Some provide a single payment ranging from $2,500 – $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited American college or university of their choice. Mary’s scholarship was provided by CSC, a global technology corporation.



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