Published: Jan 15, 2010 1:00:00 AM
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AUBURN - Auburn University more than doubled its number of newly enrolled National Merit Scholars this year, ranking 34th nationally, according to a new National Merit Scholarship Corporation Annual Report.
Auburn enrolled 64 new scholars last summer and fall, which is an increase of 106 percent over the previous year's number of 31. Of the 64 students, 32 are residents of Alabama and 32 are non-residents.
The 2009-2010 figure places Auburn fourth in the Southeastern Conference, up from ninth last year, according to the report. Nationally, the university advanced to 34th from 56th.
"We are especially grateful to the Auburn University Board of Trustees for establishing two key scholarship programs three years ago," Director of University Scholarships Velda Rooker said. "Both the Spirit of Auburn Scholarship for Alabama residents and the Academic Scholarship for nonresidents have directly contributed to a significant increase in scholarships awarded over the last few years.
"We received another boost this past year when we began offering an on-campus housing allowance for four years to National Merit Finalists, National Achievement Finalists and National Hispanic Scholars."
National Merit Finalists at Auburn receive full tuition for four years; a $1,500 technology allowance the first fall semester; the Auburn Academic Guarantee, which includes automatic admission to the Honors College and an enrichment experience stipend valued at $4,000 one semester after the second year; and an on-campus housing allowance for four years.
These students may also be eligible for a university stipend for four years, depending on eligibility as determined by National Merit Scholarship Corporation or by financial need as determined through completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is an independent, not-for-profit organization that conducts the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program as annual competitions for recognition and undergraduate scholarships.
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(Contributed by Charles Martin.)