Students Join Less than One Percent of U.S. High School Seniors
Five Fairfax High School students, Isabelle Deadman, Evan Moore, Leo Ouyang, Sophia Rice, and Emily Sheng were named National Merit Semifinalists. The students are eligible to compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth $31 million, to be awarded in spring 2019.
Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists for 2019. More than 1.6 million juniors entered the 2019 National Merit program by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which serves as the initial screen of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.These determinations are made by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Three types of Merit Scholarship awards will be offered in 2019: National Merit $2,500 scholarships, corporate-sponsored scholarships, and college-sponsored scholarships.
Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in spring 2019.