Derek Thomas, a 2016 Wilton High School graduate, was named one of the more than 800 additional winners of 2016 National Merit Scholarships by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) on July 18.

Derek joins the approximately 3,000 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in June, bringing the number of 2016 National Merit Scholars to more
than 7,300.

This year, the NMSC has 176 colleges and universities — 99 private and 77 public — sponsoring approximately 3,800 Merit Scholarship awards for undergraduate study valued at approximately $33 million.

In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered — 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, for which all finalists competed; and approximately 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who met criteria specified by their grantor organizations.

Derek received a Merit Scholarship sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is where he will be attending this fall.

Scholarship winners were selected by sponsor college officials, who selected recipients from a group of National Merit Scholarship Program finalists who will attend their institution.

Merit Scholarship winners receive between $500 and $2,000 from their sponsor colleges for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution.

Click here to learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program.