Unilever recognizes National Merit Scholars 2005

Total of $168 000 in scholarship grants awarded to sons and daughters of Unilever employees for academic excellence.

Englewood Cliffs, N.J. -- Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to helping today's youth reach their full potential, Unilever awarded a total of $168,000 in scholarship grants to 21 high school students recognized by the prestigious National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), it was announced today. These renewable scholarships provide $2,000 per year, per student, for up to four years of college undergraduate study. The recipients are the winners of the 2005 Unilever United States Scholarship Program, an annual program that provides academic awards to the children of Unilever employees in the U.S.

“The Unilever United States Scholarship Program provides students with the opportunity to fulfill their dreams of attending college and excelling in their chosen professional fields,” stated John Rice, President, Unilever U.S. Foundation, and President, Unilever, Americas. “Children are the key to our future, and we must make sure they have the necessary resources to succeed in today’s society. We are pleased to recognize these talented individuals.”

Established in 1964, the Unilever United States Scholarship Program is funded exclusively by the Unilever United States Foundation. This annual competition has honored more than 250 students who have received financial support toward their college education.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation administers the annual scholarship competition on behalf of Unilever, an official corporate sponsor. Students enter the annual competition in the fall of their third (junior) year of high school by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test(PSAT/NMSQT®). A total of eighty entries were submitted on behalf of Unilever employees.

The 2005 Unilever United States Scholars are as follows: (Location & winner)

Atlanta, GA - Anita Ashong, daughter of Victor Ashong

Baltimore, MD - Andrew D. Northup, son of David Northup & Laura E. Sansosti, daughter of Frank Sansosti

Chicago, IL - Erin L. Vallera, daughter of Ellen Vallera

Englewood Cliffs, NJ - Christopher Duderich, son of Michael Duderic; Robert S. Heller, son of Natalie Heller; Andrew J. Lane, son of Richard Lane

Franklin Park, IL - Daniela T. Cinfio, daughter of Ralph Cinfio

Hammond, IN - Kyle R. Cornelius, son of Jack Cornelius & Steven S. Lehmann, son of Scott Lehmann

Independence, MO - Amanda A. Ross, daughter of Sherry Ross

Orange, CA - Antonio J. Menchaca, son of Tony Menchaca

Owensboro, KY - Sarah E. Thomas, daughter of David Thomas

Raeford, NC - Austin C. Dyches, son of Daniel Dyches

Saddle Brook, NJ - Elena Shulman, daughter of Konstantine Shulman

Trumbull, CT - Priya Ananth, daughter of Pamdanabhan Ananth; Meagan C. Iott, daughter of Ella Iott; Juyeon H. Lee, daughter of Myonusuk Bae Lee; Jonathan W. Linard, son of Jack Linard; Vedant Misra, son of Manoj Misra & Michael J. Stipicevic, son of Michael Stipicevic

About Unilever

Unilever [NYSE: UL, UN], one of the world's largest consumer products companies, aims to add vitality to life by meeting everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care. Each day, around the world, consumers make 150 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. The company has a portfolio of brands that make people feel good, look good and get more out of life.

In the United States these brands include recognized names such as: Axe, “all,” Ben & Jerry's, Bertolli, Breyers, Caress, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Hellmann's, Lipton, Knorr, Popsicle, Promise, Q-Tips, Skippy, Slim·Fast, Snuggle, Suave and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies. Dedicated to serving consumers and the communities where we live, work and play, Unilever in the United States employs more than 15,000 people in 74 office and manufacturing sites in 24 states and Puerto Rico – generating approximately $10 billion in sales in 2004. For more information visit www.unileverusa.com .

About National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC)

Established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program, NMSC is a not-for-profit corporation that operates without government assistance. NMSC continues in its efforts to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage academic excellence at all levels of education. It is supported in these goals by some 500 independent corporate and college sponsors that underwrite the majority of Merit Scholarship awards offered each year.

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