Sravana K. Paladugu of Seminole, St. Petersburg High. Probable career: medicine, have won National Merit Scholarships for 2011.
Seniors at high schools will receive awards of $500 to $2,000 a year for up to four years of undergraduate study.
The students were chosen from about 16,000 semifinalists who scored the highest on their preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
To advance in the competition, each candidate had to submit an application that showed an outstanding academic record and included an endorsement from a school official, SAT scores, an essay and proof of extracurricular activities, awards and leadership positions.