It's one step closer to a prestigious National Merit Scholarship for 23 students at four San Diego Unified School District high schools.
of National Merit Scholarship Corporation have announced the names of
approximately 16,000 semifinalists nationally in the 59th annual
National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high
school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for
some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will
be offered next spring.
Semifinalists are: from La Jolla High
School, Allen M. Cao, Ulysse Carion, Winn Cui, Irene A. Dea, Tessa C.
Lowe, Taylor L. Osman, Zachary Ye, Belton Y. Zhong, Lynn Zhou; Mission Bay High School, Hannah Tandy; Scripps
Ranch High School, Caleb K. Hwang, William Z. Jiang, Jason C. Kandu,
Grace H. Klein, Wenhao Liao, Shea J. Polansky, Emma Schopp, Crystal H.
Shi; University City High School, Nicolette L. Brannan, Eric Y. Chao,
Jeremy S. Longfellow, Emily L. Siegler, Paul L. Sud.
Merit is 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 the
corporation with its own funds and by approximately 440 business
organizations and higher education institutions that share National
Merit’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and
encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
About 1.5 million
juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National
Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 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 their 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.
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.
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring
of 2014. 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 240 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 200 colleges and universities
are expected to finance some 4,500 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship
awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National
Merit Scholarship winners of 2014 will be announced in four nationwide
news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These
scholarship recipients will join more than 300,000 other distinguished
young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.