Twelve graduating seniors who live in the District were awarded National Merit Scholarships based on their academic records, standardized test scores, contributions to school and community activities, essays and recommendations. One winner was a public school student; the others attended private schools.

Three types of scholarships were awarded. National Merit $2,500 Scholarships are given in each state in numbers based on the state's proportion of the nation's graduating seniors. Corporate-sponsored scholarships can be a single payment of $2,500 to $5,000 or a renewable scholarship of $500 to $10,000 per year. They are given to children of company employees, students who reside in communities the companies serve, or students who have career interests the companies wish to encourage. Scholarships are also sponsored by 210 colleges and universities through annual awards of $500 to $2,000 for up to four years. Recipients are chosen by a college from the pool of National Merit finalists who will enroll there.

Margaux Buck

Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School

Washington University in St. Louis Merit Scholarship

Rachel Butler

Woodrow Wilson High School

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship sponsored by the May Department Stores Company Foundation

Susanna Cohen

Sidwell Friends School

University of Chicago Merit Scholarship

Zachary Cowan

Georgetown Preparatory School

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship sponsored by Pepsico Foundation Inc.

Graham Fetterman

Sidwell Friends School

University of Chicago Merit Scholarship

Andrew Hastings-Black

Sidwell Friends School

Tufts University Merit Scholarship

Jennifer Holmes

National Cathedral School

New York Times Merit Scholarship

Jonathan Huddleson

Georgetown Day High School

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship supported by National Merit Scholarship funds

Katherine Lenczowski

Oakcrest School for Girls

University of Dallas Merit Scholarship

Andrew Moss

Gonzaga College High School

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Merit Scholarship

Michael Simpson

St. Albans School

University of Delaware Merit Scholarship

Samuel Wheeler

Milton Academy

University of California, Los Angeles Merit Scholarship