Eleven Tucson students have been named winners of college-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards.

College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study.

The local winners are: Scott A. Mahans of Ironwood Ridge High School, Teresa Joy Carmichael of Sabino High School, Evan R. Cramb and Jacob G. Stockton of Canyon del Oro High School, Rebecca Beatrice Friedman Sweet of Salpointe Catholic High School, Delaney R. Halvey of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, Zachary W. Paul of Catalina Foothills High School, Emily Rumney of University High School, Luke A. Wohlford and Annika Young Zhang of Basis School, and Garrett T. Anderson of Cienega High School.

Students took the Preliminary SAT as an initial screener before approximately 16,000 semifinalists were named. The semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state.

To become finalists, students had to complete a detailed scholarship application showing an outstanding academic record and be endorsed and recommended by a high school official. They also had to take the SAT and earn scores that confirmed their performance on the initial qualifying test.

About 15,000 students were named finalists and more than half were chosen to receive National Merit scholarships.