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Two local students have received National Merit Scholarships. They are two of about 1,100 seniors who received the scholarships financed by about 200 companies, foundations and other business organizations.Jessica L. Michal of Crestwood, student at Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, received the National Merit James E. Casey Scholarship established by the United Parcel Service. Hannah L. Cook of Prospect, student at Ballard High School, received the National Merit Marsh & McLennan Companies Scholarship. Michal plans to study pharmacy, while Cook plans to study biology and political science.These scholars were selected from finalists in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program who meet the criteria of their scholarship sponsors. Corporate organizations generally provide National Merit Scholarships for finalists who are children of their employees, residents of communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the grantor wishes to encourage.Most of these awards are renewable for up to four years of college undergraduate study and provide annual stipends that range from $500 to $10,000 per year. Some provide a single payment between $2,500 and $5,000. Recipients can use their awards at any regionally accredited U.S. college or university of their choice.