Oakland senior only RCS student awarded National Merit Scholarship

Oakland High School's Amanda Godwin is the only student from Rutherford County Schools to beawarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. 

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners were announced May 2, 2012, by National Merit Scholarship Corporation. The 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies. They were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors. These scholars may use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university.

NMCSC finances most of these single-payment National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Corporations and company foundations that sponsor awards through nmsc also help underwrite these scholarships with grants they provide in lieu of paying administrative fees.