Airline student earns National Merit scholarship

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Airline High School. (Stacey Tinsley/Press-Tribune)

A Bossier City senior has been named a National Merit Scholarship winner.

Spencer Favor, of Airline High School, received a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship. 

Favor is one of only 2,500 Merit Scholar designees, who were chosen from a pool of 15,000 finalists. 

National Merit $2,500 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 the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Spencer Favor

Louisiana had 34 finalists overall. Favor is the only winner from Bossier Parish, and only one of two from northwest Louisiana.

The newest group joins nine Louisiana scholarship winners announced in April. More winners are being announced June 6 and July 16. By the conclusion of this year’s competition, about 7,500 students nationwide will have won National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million.

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.