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The Rensselaer County Health Department is administering the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine at pop-up clinics throughout the county this summer. Walk-ins are accepted. Please note, individuals MUST be 18+ to be eligible for this single dose vaccine. View vaccine clinic schedule:

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Four Columbia High School seniors have been named National Merit Finalists, meaning they remain eligible for National Merit Scholarships given out nationwide this spring.

  • Sophia Culver
  • Simon O’Connor
  • Joseph Vitali
  • Clara Xin

Ms. Culver, Mr. O’Connor, Mr. Vitali and Ms. Xin were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists in the fall after scoring in the top 1 percent of the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Only approximately 15,000 students from across the country were named finalists, and half of those students will become Merit Scholarship winners.

Types of Merit Scholarships

  • Merit Scholarships: 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships
  • Corporate-sponsored Scholarships: Each year about 220 corporations, company foundations, and professional associations finance approximately 2,100 scholarships for National Merit Program (1,000 which go to finalists)
  • College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards: About 180 four-year regionally accredited U.S. colleges and universities annually support about 4,100 National Merit Scholarships that can be used only at the respective sponsor institution.  A sponsor college may decide to offer a Merit Scholarship award to every eligible Finalist who is admitted to the institution or choose to limit the number of awards it provides. A college-sponsored Merit Scholarship award is renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study at the sponsor institution.