Eight Wyoming Seminary seniors have been named Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship competition, said Jay Harvey, Dean of the Upper School.
Nada Bader of Mountain Top was among the group that received Semifinalist honors. She now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,000 Merit Scholarship Awards, worth about $35 million, that will be offered next spring.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the academic competition, is a privately financed, not-for-profit corporation. About 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 U. S. high schools entered the 2014 Merit Program when they were juniors by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. Fewer than one percent of the nation’s high school seniors were named Semifinalists on a state representational basis. The number of Semifinalists named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.
The next step for Semifinalists is
to fulfill requirements to advance to Finalist standing, a prerequisite to consideration for a Merit Scholarship award. To become Finalists, Semifinalists must have an outstanding high school academic record, be endorsed and recommended by their school principal, and submit SAT scores that confirm their earlier qualifying test performance.
About 90 percent, or 15,000 of the Semifinalists are expected to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. All Merit Scholar designees will be chosen from the Finalist group, without regard to race, gender, ethnic origin or religious preference.
Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2014. Every Finalist will be considered for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis.