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Phone: 330-364-0600
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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
 
 
Recently officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarship worth more that $31 million that will be offered next spring.  To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalist must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist Level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.  Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with it own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.


New Philadelphia Senior Adam Exley was a local Semifinalist.  He is the Son of Mike and Anita Exley of New Philadelphia.  


Over 1.5 Million juniors in about 21,000 high schools enter the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Perliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.  The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total graduating seniors.


To Become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.  A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record through-out high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write and essay, and earn SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. 


From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation.  All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. 


Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020.  Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis.  About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 220 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located.  In addition, about 180 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.


National Merit Scholarship winners of 2020 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join more than 345,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.


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