The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.6 million entrants each year, and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.
In early September, about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state.
This year, BT is represented in the competition by seniors Jack Cenovic, Akshay Mehta, Josh Randolph, Maya Savory, and Chris Schinzel. Congratulations to our semifinalists!
To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes each student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received.
Scholarship winners will be announced next spring and summer.
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