Oklahoma Christian University is proud to welcome four National Merit Scholars from Oklahoma in the 2012 freshman class. Those students are:
- Kaler Campbell, a graduate of Edmond Memorial High School, who will pursue a double major in religious service/chemistry;
- Benjamin Hartman, a homeschool graduate, who will study pre-law;
- Anna Taylor, a graduate of Oklahoma Christian Academy, who will study mechanical engineering;
- Marlee Marie Pagels, a graduate of Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics, who will pursue pre-medical studies.
Established in 1955, National Merit Scholarship Corporation seeks to identify and honor academically talented U.S. high school students. Since its founding, NMSC has recognized 2.9 million students and provided over 360,000 scholarships worth more than $1.4 billion.
Each year, 1.5 million students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. This year, approximately 8,100 Finalists were chosen to receive a Merit Scholarship. With four Oklahoma Finalists, Oklahoma Christian had the most Finalists in the state after the University of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Christian has more than 31 National Merit Scholars currently enrolled.
Notable National Merit Scholars include Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, author Stephanie Meyer and director M. Night Shyamalan.
To see an example of what OC's National Merit Scholars do after graduation, read this feature story on Travis Bow.