Congratulations to the 309 student winners winners (33 KB, .pdf) from across the U.S. of IBM's prestigious Thomas J. Watson Memorial Scholarship.
The Watson Scholarship program began in 1957, in honor of IBM founder Thomas J. Watson Sr., to recognize academic excellence by high school students planning to pursue a traditional baccalaureate degree at an accredited four-year college, university or military academy in the U.S. Initially, 25 Watson Scholarships were awarded annually. In total, the company has awarded more than $210 million in scholarships to over 16,000 students.
The Watson Scholarship is open to children of U.S. IBM employees and retirees, with over 1,200 students applying this year. The winners are selected by an independent panel from the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, N.J., based on their SAT or ACT scores, demonstrated leadership and junior year academic performance.
Many of the winning students have made their fall college and university decisions; Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, MIT, University of Texas-Austin, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, University of Notre Dame, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of California-Berkeley, Stanford University, University of Southern California, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago and Columbia University are among the schools that will be home to multiple Watson scholars this fall.
Congratulations to the parents and scholars of the class of 2013!