The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. Per the NMSC, approximately 1.5 million high school students enter the program each year. Of the 1.5 million entrants, around 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. In September, these high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either Commended Students or Semifinalists.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements. In February, around 15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. Please join us in congratulating the following traditional public schools and their National Merit Finalists: