UCS graduate earns college-based National Merit Scholarship
UCS graduate earns college-based National Merit Scholarship
Posted on 07/26/2017
Studio photo of Elisabeth

A Utica Community Schools graduate is among 900 nationally and one of only 21 students in Michigan to earn additional scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Elisabeth Pettibone, of Henry Ford II High School, earned a National Merit Scholarship grant financed by U.S. colleges and universities. 

Pettibone received scholarship funding from the University of Alabama to study biological sciences and pre-medicine. 

“This prestigious award reflects Elisabeth’s hard work and commitment to academic excellence,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “She is also an example of how UCS students are successfully competing at a national level for academic-based scholarships and acceptance into colleges and universities.”

Pettibone had previously earned the Altair STEM scholarship through the UCS Superintendent’s Program. She was also recognized as a UCS Advanced Placement Scholar, a member of the Macomb County All-Academic Team and a WXYZ-TV Best and Brightest for metro Detroit. 

Students were offered scholarships between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study through National Merit programs funded by colleges and universities.

Students initially qualify for the Merit program by being among the top one percent of students in the country taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. 

This year, the Utica Community Schools had three National Merit Scholars who were named finalists for eligible scholarships. Scholars represent the top one percent of all U.S. high school graduates in terms of academic ability.

Pettibone is the second National Merit Scholar to earn a competitive scholarship through the program. Earlier this spring, Atishay Singh, of Stevenson High School, received a $2,500 scholarship through the National Merit Corporation.