The Middleburg Library presented its 2005 book scholarships to Elicia Williams of Middleburg, who graduated from Foxcroft School and will attend the University of Virginia, and Christian Tyler Brown of Philomont, who graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and will attend the College of William and Mary. The students each received $400 to spend on books for the fall semester.

The following high school graduates were selected as 2005 National Merit Scholarship winners based on academic achievement. They are among nearly 8,200 students nationally who received scholarships totaling about $34 million for undergraduate study. Scholarships were provided by businesses, colleges and the National Merit Scholarship Corp., which sponsors the program.

Corporate-Sponsored Winners

Jennifer E. Basel of Sterling, Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. Northrop Grumman Merit Scholarship. Probable career field: mechanical engineering.

Kristin K. Hawkins of Sterling, Thomas Jefferson. Northrop Grumman Merit Scholarship. Probable career field: diplomacy.

National Merit Scholarship Corp.-Sponsored Winners

Lana C. Bode of Hamilton, home-schooled. Probable career field: classical music.

Lucas M. Brown of Leesburg, Thomas Jefferson. Probable career field: environmental conservation.

Martha F. Brucato of Sterling, Thomas Jefferson. Probable career field: medicine/biology.

Matthew S. Fifer of Ashburn, Thomas Jefferson. Probable career field: engineering.

Jacob S. Mason of Lovettsville, home-schooled. Probable career field: undecided.

Brett J. Roberts of Sterling, Potomac Falls High School. Probable career field: meteorology.

Katherine M. Schmidt of Leesburg, Stone Bridge High School. Probable career field: medicine.

College-Sponsored Winners

Curtis R. Kobelski of Potomac Falls, Thomas Jefferson. Virginia Tech merit scholarship. Probable career field: computer engineering.

Christopher S. Woodruff, Purcellville, home-schooled. Baylor University merit scholarship. Probable career field: psychology.

-- Compiled by LESLIE SHEPHERD

Mona Botwick of the Middleburg Library Advisory Board presents checks to Christian Tyler Brown and Elicia Williams to buy books for the fall semester.