Three area students were named
These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Previously announced local winners included:
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the Finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between
This year, 181 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,100 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 106 private and 75 public institutions located in 44 states and the
This final group of winners brings the number of 2014 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,600. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of approximately
In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered -- 2,500 National Merit®
This year's competition for National Merit Scholarships began when approximately 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
Semifinalists were the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represented less than one percent of the nation's seniors.
To become a Finalist, each Semifinalist had to complete a detailed scholarship application, which included writing an essay, describing leadership positions and contributions in school and community activities, showing an outstanding academic record, and being endorsed and recommended by a high school official.
Semifinalists also had to take the SAT® and earn scores that confirmed their performance on the initial qualifying test.
From the Semifinalist group, about 15,000 attained Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists were chosen to receive National Merit Scholarships.
NMSC, a not-for-profi t corporation that operates without government assistance,
was established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. Over the past 59 years, more than 308,000 outstanding young men and women have won National
The majority of awards offered each year are underwritten by approximately 440 independent corporate and college sponsors that support NMSC's efforts to recognize scholastically talented youth and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.
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