Davis Awarded National Merit Scholarship

George N. Davis, a senior at Corinth High School, was awarded a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. He joins 7,500 other high school seniors nationwide in receiving this honor. Davis was named a National Merit Finalist earlier this spring.

“I'm honored to be named an official National Merit Scholar because of what the title represents,” said Davis. “It's very satisfying to see my hard work pay off, and I hope that this accomplishment will inspire future generations at Corinth High School (CHS) to never settle for anything less than their best work.”

“Congratulations to George on being selected to receive a National Merit Scholarship. This is indeed an honor as only 7,500 of the National Merit Finalists receive a scholarship. George has an outstanding record of academic and extracurricular achievements at CHS and we know he will excel at Furman University,” said Lee Childress, superintendent of the Corinth School District.

Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding Finalists. National Merit 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. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state's percentage of graduating high school seniors. These Scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors, who appraised a substantial amount of information submitted by both the Finalists and their high schools: the academic record, including difficulty level of subjects studied and grades earned; scores from two standardized tests; contributions and leadership in school and community activities; an essay written by the Finalist; and a recommendation written by a high school official.

This fall, Davis will attend Furman University. He was recently awarded a James B. Duke Scholarship, one of Furman’s most prestigious academic awards. Duke Scholarships are given each year to incoming students in recognition for their exceptional academic accomplishments as well as significant leadership, service and co-curricular involvement, according to the Furman website. This full scholarship covers tuition, room, board and all fees, renewable for four years. “I could not be more grateful for this opportunity,” said Davis. “I'm excited to see the many ways my education at Corinth High School will help me as I transition to college in the fall.”

We wish him all the best as he moves forward in his educational journey!