Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, including six (6) Springboro High School students, in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Springboro High School students Elijah Barker, Lilian Coffin, Grace Gulczinski, Elliot Phillips, Haley Scott, and Krishna Singla have all been named a Semifinalist in the NMSC Program.
These academically talented high school students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90% of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Approximately 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.
Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2021. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced in four (4) nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.