Aberdeen, North Carolina-based Meridian, a manufacturer of kiosks and digital signage solutions, announces the winners of its inaugural High School Merit Scholarship. In its debut year, the scholarship received more than 70 applications from graduating seniors across the region.
To be eligible to receive Meridian’s High School Merit Scholarship, applicants were required to hold a minimum 3.0 GPA, be currently enrolled in a North Carolina high school, and be accepted to and planning to further their education at a North Carolina college or university in the fall upon graduation. Additionally, applicants were asked to select one of three different technology-related essay topics to craft a written response to.
The winners were Lily Blake, a senior at Union Pines High School in Cameron, North Carolina, and Peyton Williamson, a senior at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, North Carolina, were the named recipients.
The announcement from the company included these paragraphs about the winners and their submissions to the contest.
“An aspiring audiologist, Blake’s essay spoke to the transformation and benefits that technology has afforded the hearing impaired community and how it will play a role in her future career. ‘Technology is changing the world with cutting edge improvements in hearing devices that are becoming more accessible and beneficial in everyday use,’ she stated in her essay. Blake will be attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the fall and majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders.
“Williamson will be attending North Carolina State University in the fall where he will pursue a major in nutrition and minor in sports science with plans to enter the field of physical therapy. His essay focused on how technology has positively impacted and transformed communication, healthcare, and manufacturing processes—an aspect of technological advancement that Meridian benefits from every day. ‘Manufacturing businesses benefit from technology by being able to speed up production while ensuring superior quality,’ Williamson wrote. ‘Many of the technological innovations once dreamed about in fictional books and movies have become reality and we now can’t see ourselves without these tools.’”