The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High School students who meet published program entry and participation requirements enter the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). Per the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, each year's PSAT/NMSQT is the qualifying test designated for entry to a particular year's competition.
Per the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, of the 1.5 million entrants, around 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In early September, more than 16,000 students – or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers – are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis and are the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Please join us in congratulating the following traditional public schools and their National Merit Semifinalists: