UCS graduate earns college-based National Merit scholarship
UCS graduate earns college-based National Merit scholarship
Posted on 06/14/2018
Graduation photo of Moira Corrigan

A Utica Community Schools graduate is among 3,500 students in the nation and one of only 71 in Michigan to earn a scholarship through the National Merit Scholarship program.

Moira Carrigan, of the Utica Academy for International Studies, earned a National Merit Scholarship grant financed by U.S. colleges and universities. 

“This prestigious award reflects Moira’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.”

Carrigan received scholarship funding from the University of Arizona to study medicine.

Carrigan was a valedictorian at UAIS this year and a UCS Advanced Placement Scholar.  She is also a candidate for the International Diploma and a UCS Seal of Global Language.
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 ten 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.