Five Tucson-area teens have been named College-Sponsored National Merit Scholarship winners. 

The awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study. An additional group of scholars will be announced in July. 

Local winners announced today include: 

  • Tristan A. Loveday of Basis Oro Valley: National Merit Arizona State University Scholarship
  • Eric C. Arellano of Catalina Foothills High School: National Merit Arizona State University Scholarship
  • Meghan K. Elliott of University High School: National Merit University of Chicago Scholarship
  • Mika Lee Lorenzen of University High Schoool: National Merit University of Arizona Scholarship
  • Kaylie A. Volpe of Tucson High Magnet School: National Merit Arizona State University Scholarship

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.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at or 573-4175. On Twitter: @AlexisHuicochea