Scholarship semifinalists named


September 10, 2014


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September 10, 2014 Announcement


Semifinalists Named in the 2015 National Merit® Scholarship Program

(Evanston, Illinois) Today offi cials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 60th 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 Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award,Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than 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, wasestablished in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.Scholarships are underwritten by with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share goals of honoring the nation's scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.


Steps in the 2015 Competition

About 1.4 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2013 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 highest scoring 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 offi cial, write an essay, and earn scores that confi rm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.


From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advanceto 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 ares elected 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 2015.Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will beawarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarshipawards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations forFinalists who meet their specifi ed criteria, such as children of the grantor's employees or residentsof communities where sponsor plants or offi ces are located. In addition, about 200 colleges anduniversities are expected to fi nance some 4,100 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awardsfor Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.


National Merit Scholarship winners of 2015 will be announced in four nationwide newsreleases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join morethan 308,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.


Semifinalists: 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program





628 Janezich, James P.


450 Campbell, Benton A.

450 Flynn, Zoey A.

472 Jahnsen, Kari M.

451 Lynn, Simon K.



417 Saur, Allison A.



900 Clark, Margaret

450 Cricchio, Rose A.

999 Curtiss, Natalie

900 Gingerich, Sterling W.

700 Khachadoorian, Abagail N.

628 Kim, Deborah J.

000 Taylor, Sylvia A.




455 Dordan, Alyssa L.

472 Keith, Cody D.

628 Tsang, Alexander K.

999 Webb, Alexandra T.

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