Winners of the 1978 College-Sponsored Four-Year Merit Scholarships were announced today. Each of the 1,795 winners will receive an award ranging from $1,000 to $6,000, depending upon the student's financial need. The average annual stipend is currently about $750, or $3,000 over a period of four years.

These scholarships are sponsored by 190 colleges and universities and the scholarships must be used at the sponsoring institution. If the winner should decide not to attend the sponsoring school, the award is canceled.

The winners in suburban Maryland are:

Charles R. Caswell, 11626 35th Place, Beltsville, High Point Senior High School - Carleton College. Caswell, the math team captain, ia a violinist and violist who has been in the All-State, All-County, school and many music-theater orchestras. He has won a Mathematical Association of America award and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Allen G. GIbbs, 4205 Howard Rd., Beltsville, Gonzaga College High School, Washington D.C. - University of Chicago, Gibbs, twice a U.S. Math Olympian, has won two National Science Foundation math grants, three Mathematical Association of America awards, a Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute medal and 10 varsity track letters.

Patricia J. Radco, 4306 Elmwood Rd., Beltsville, High Point Senior High School-University of Maryland. Radco, first place winner of the Optimist Club Oratorical Contest, has won awars in history, math, social studies, English and French.

Lauren L. McFarlane, 9508 Linden Ave., Bethesda, Walter Johnson High School - Wesleyan University. McFarlane is a member of the A.F.S. Exchange Club, the German Club and Semanon (Stage Crew Society).

Marianne Maccini, 19416 Treadway Rd., Brookeville, Sherwood High School - Univeristy of Maryland. Maccini, the most valuable member of the 1977 Drill Team, has won awards in biology, chemistry, advanced biology and American history, as well as a National Educational Development Test award and a Music Booster award.

Russell M. Snyder, 7512 Princeton Ave., College Park, Northwestern Senior High School - Earlham College. Snyder, a Phi Beta Nu member, has won a Superintendent''s Award and several track awards. He is on and outdoor, indoor and cross-country track teams.

Sheila M. Murphy, 6651 Mohawk Ct., Columbia, Oakland Mills High School - Washington University. Murphy, a student council representative, is on the high honor roll, the math team, the symphonic, pep and marching bands and has won varsity letters in field hockey, gymnastics and tennis.

Carol L. Johnston, 17600 Stoneridge Ct., Gaithersburg, seneca Valley High School - College of Wooster. Johnston, winner of a College of Wooster Freshman Achievement Award and a member of the National Honor Society, is a member of the Chamber Chorale, choir and church Chancel Choir. She is the Church choir librarian and is active in theatrical productions.

Bruce R. McDiffett, 23301 Woodfield Rd., Gaithersburg, Damascus High School - Washington University. McDiffett, an "It's Academic" team, has won a Mathematical Association of America award and a National Council of Teachers of English Writing Award. He is the newspaper editor, a memebr of the Thespians and Quill and Scroll and first chair tuba for the school band and orchestra.

Charles G. Wingate, 10770 Crestview La., Laurel, Saint Andrews School, Middleton, Del. - University of Maryland. Mingate, a member of the Concert Choir and Chapel Choir is on the Varsity Cross-Country team and has won math and science prizes.He was on the Dean's List in the fall of '77.

David F. Russo, 320 Oakcrest Dr., New Carollton, De Matha Catholic High School for Boys - Catholic University of America. Russo, a member of the national Honor Society and chairman of the Tutoring and Communications Committees, is an "It's Academic" team member and a member of the debate team.

Karl G. Olson, 4815 Camelot St., Rockville, Gonzaga D.C. - University of Chicago. Olson, Student Congress Team vice president, has won a National Science Foundation Grant in math, placed first in the Junior Division of the D.C. Science Fair, placed second in the GOnzaga Science Fair and has won an Armed Forces Coammunications and Electronics Association Achievement Award.

Ellen F. Gillespie, 11 Holly Ridge Rd., Severna Park, Severna Park Senior High School - Kenyon College. Gellespie is a member of the National Honor Society and the Drama Club.

Ann J. Banks, 301 Northwood Ter., Silver Spring, Northwood High School - University of Chicago. Banks, senior class vice president and valedictorian, was a Hollins College Poetry Contest finalist and has won a National Council of Teachers of the English Writing Award and a Scholastic Contest Writing Award. She is member of the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and the French Honor Society.

Kathleen M. Ferry, 8613 11th Ave., Silver Spring, Montgomery Blair High School - Carleton College, Ferry, co-literary editor of the school magazine, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Anthropology Club and the Juggling Club.

Whitworth Stokes, 1112 Nora Dr., Silver Spring, Springbrook Senior High School - University of Southern California. Stokes, a library aide and lighting director of the school auditorium, is a member of the Forensics Team and has received a school service letter and and a speech letter.

Harry E. Yeide, 2015 Glen Ross Rd., Silver Spring, Montgomery Blair High School - Muthlenberg College. Yeide Youth in Government budget director and a Cadet Commander in the Civil Air Patrol Squadron, is a member of the National Honor Society and the German Honor Society. He has also won a German Embassy Language Award.

Daniel F. Zaie, 2510 Hayden Dr., Silver Spring, Good Counsel High School - Catholic University of America. Zaic is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council and the chorus. He has won a Drama Club award.

Grace A. Stafford, 104 E. Daugherty., Carterville, Mo, Gaithersburg Senior High School - University of Missouri-Columbia. Stafford, a National Honor Society member has received a letter for academic performance and a certificate in Latin 11. She is on the Speech and Debate team and was in the summer debate workshop.