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Finalists Announced in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program

Emily Locker, J.D. Inge, and Connor Horn recognized as Finalists in the 2018 National Merit® Scholarship Program!

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships that began in 1955. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.

Jonathan, Emily, and Connor are three academically talented Monarch High School seniors of approximately 15,000 Finalists who are now going through the process to become one of the 7,500 Merit® Scholarship recipients.  These scholarships are worth more than $32 million and will be offered beginning in March. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Finalists must fulfill several requirements demonstrated through a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Finalist 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. About half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website at www.nationalmerit.org.

Jo Harpring
Monarch Counselor
jo.harpring@bvsd.org