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Eleven 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced

Eleven 2023 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Announced

Semifinalists advancing to the finalist level will compete for three types of National Merit Scholarships

Eleven students in Richland School District Two who are showing exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies are competing for National Merit Scholarships. They are among 16,000 semifinalists in the 69th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Over 1.3 million high school juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2024 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2022 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 one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

Richland Two’s National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists are Zachary J. Burnett and Eva D. Pendleton of Blythewood High School; Sanvi V. Divekar, Jackson L. Dowey, Shrihan Ganesh Babu, Abagail B. Greer, Emma K. Hook, Jisoo Lee, Ava J. Phelps, Iraine Y. Taine, and Bella P. Ward of Spring Valley High School.  

These seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,140 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring. Semifinalists advancing to the finalist level will compete for three types of National Merit Scholarships. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 840 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 160 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 160 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

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