EVANSTON, Illinois — Two quad-city area students were among the 900 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities, the NMSC announced Monday, July 17.

Amanda L. Bertsch of Prescott and Jackson H. Nichols of Prescott Valley join over 3,200 other college-sponsored award recipients announced in June.

Bertsch, of Tri-City Preparatory High School, received a National Merit - The University of Arizona Scholarship. She plans to study biomedical engineering.

Nichols, of Basis School - Prescott, received the National Merit Pepperdine University Scholarship. He plans to study applied mathematics.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship. This year, 182 colleges and universities are sponsoring more than 4,000 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 103 private and 79 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia.

This final group of winners brings the number of 2017 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,500. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of over $32 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered—2,500 National Merit $2500 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.