The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has recognized seniors Dora Eskridge and Ellen Park as semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Semifinalists were chosen by virtue of their performance on the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Of the 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools who took the qualifying test, approximately 16,000 students were recognized as semifinalists. The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors, and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
About 90 percent of students from the semifinalist pool are expected to advance to the finalist level and will be notified of that designation in February. About half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, with notifications beginning in April and concluding in July. An estimated 7,500 National Merit Scholarships, worth about $33 million, will be offered in spring 2017.
Three types of scholarships will be offered: National Merit $2,500 Scholarships, which are awarded on a state-representational basis; about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards of varying amounts; and about 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards of varying amounts.