Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program

 

September 9, 2015

 

NEWS RELEASE

Contact: Eileen Artemakis or Matthew Budreau

Phone: (847) 866-5100

Public Information E-mail: mediainfo@nmerit.net

Website: www.nationalmerit.org

 

(Evanston, Illinois) Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifi nalists must fulfi ll several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifi nalists 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-profi t organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifi cally to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 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.

 

Steps in the 2016 Competition

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary 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 highestscoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school 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 throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® 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 for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

 

National Merit Scholarships

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2016. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 250 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 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

 

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2016 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 315,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

 

Semifinalists: 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

ALASKA

 

A. J. DIMOND H. S.

454 Sato, Ripple K.

000 Sweeney, Brian F.

 

FRONTIER CHARTER SCHOOL

456 Cook, Clare B.

 

ROBERT SERVICE H. S.

870 Dolan, Jonnie A.

999 Morris, Ansley E.

 

SOUTH ANCHORAGE H. S.

430 Diamond, Jamie

999 Hoefler, Matthew J.

999 Klug, Grant M.

843 Mesits, Boris

907 Sexauer, Jack A.

 

STELLER SECONDARY SCHOOL

204 Miller, Robert D.

 

WEST ANCHORAGE H. S.

682 Coniglio, Noelle L.

204 Consenstein, Jack A.

710 Croft, Shannon M.

455 Daniel, Merryn C.

450 DeGeorge, Tara M.

833 Endres, Naomi K.

843 Flood, Ina C.

209 Fortson, Elana

836 Haynes, Allison L.

999 Heubner, Camille E.

450 Keyser, Mia N.

940 Lance, Anna H.

628 Samuel, Anita M.

 

CHUGIAK CHUGIAK H. S.

450 Erb, Laura J.

999 Fayette, James P.

457 Stockhouse, David B.

 

EAGLE RIVER EAGLE RIVER H. S.

941 Hopkin, Tess

906 Stafford, Ciera

 

FAIRBANKS HOMESCHOOL

833 Lawler, Eliza B.

999 Zacheis, Hayley K.

 

AUSTIN E. LATHROP H. S.

121 Weeden, Tessa S.

 

WEST VALLEY H. S.

160 Gillette, Symcha

160 Hartman, Robert E.

417 Woolf, Daniel P.

 

HOMER HOMER H. S.

999 Waclawski, Aurora

 

JUNEAU JUNEAU - DOUGLAS H. S.

161 Handley, Madeline M.

454 Kane, Katherine R.

 

KETCHIKAN KETCHIKAN H. S.

600 Powers, Katie

 

SOLDOTNA HOMESCHOOL

999 Frederickson, Rachel E.

 

TALKEETNA HOMESCHOOL

843 Miller, Henrique H.

 

WASILLA MAT - SU CAREER AND TECHNICAL H. S.

999 Carlson, Kailey J.

472 Riley, Nicholas W. 

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