The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition of recognition and for scholarships that began in 1955. Approximately 1.6 million high school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT ®). Of the 1.6 million entrants, some 50,000 with the highest PSAT/NMSQT® Selection Index scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit® Scholarship Program. These high scorers are notified through their schools that they have qualified as either a Commended Student or Semifinalist. THREE Judge Memorial students have qualified for this honor!
Eric Hall has qualified as a Semifinalist in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program and will advance in the competition. Semifinalists account for about 16,000 students, or approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers. Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements to be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship.
In February, some 15,000 Semifinalists are notified that they have advanced to Finalist standing. Good luck Eric as you advance through this competition!
Judge Memorial seniors, Logan Seat and Alexander Junkins, were recognized as Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students, account for more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT ® and were presented with Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
Congratulations to all these outstanding individuals!
For more information about the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, please visit http://www.nationalmerit.org.