LITTLETON, Colo., April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- tw telecom, (NASDAQ: TWTC) a leading provider of managed services, including Business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises, large organizations and government entities, today announced that Caitlin N. Kropp of Clayton High School in Clayton, Mo. and Drew E. Feille of Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas are the recipients of tw telecom corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarships for 2012. The National Merit Scholarship corporate awards are given annually to approximately 1,000 distinguished high school seniors across the country.
Ms. Kropp plans to attend Yale University in the fall and Mr. Feille plans to attend the Honors College at the University of Houston.
"tw telecom is pleased to be a key sponsor of the National Merit Scholarship program and to recognize some of the finest youth in America as they become leaders of tomorrow," said Steve Hardardt, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Business Administration for tw telecom. "This program is consistent with our focus on high performance and quality as we attract and retain the best talent in the country. These scholarships will help Caitlin and Drew achieve their academic goals at some of the finest institutions in America."
The corporate-sponsored National Merit Scholarship awards are financed by approximately 200 corporations and business organizations. Corporate sponsors provide National Merit Scholarships for Finalists who are children of their employees, who are residents of the communities the company serves, or who plan to pursue college majors or careers the sponsor wishes to encourage.
National Merit Scholars are selected during a very competitive selection process from about 1.5 million students who participated in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists were then evaluated based on their written essays, extracurricular activities, leadership positions, and community involvement. Winners are judged to have the strongest combination of academic skills and achievement, extracurricular accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
tw telecom connects more commercial buildings to its resilient, fiber network than any other competitive communications provider and has the third largest market share of retail Ethernet ports in service. The company also maintains its own metro fiber networks with one of the ten most interconnected IP backbones in the world. tw telecom has the national capability, robust product portfolio and national/local customer care teams to support mission critical enterprise applications and to deliver the most sought after customer experience in the industry.
About tw telecom tw telecom holdings inc., a unit of tw telecom inc., headquartered in Littleton, Colo., provides managed network services, specializing in business Ethernet and transport data networking, Internet access, voice, VoIP, VPN and security, to enterprise organizations and communications services companies throughout the U.S. As a leading provider of integrated and converged network solutions, tw telecom delivers customers overall economic value, quality, service and improved business productivity. Please visit www.twtelecom.com for more information.