Two from Edmonds School District named semifinalists in 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program


Two students from the Edmonds School District have been named semi-finalists in the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Lillian Geil of Edmonds-Woodway High School and Brooke Rinehimer of Mountlake Terrace High School are among some 16,000 people on the nationwide list.

These academically talented high school students have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 national scholarships worth nearly $ 30 million to be offered next spring. To be considered for an excellence scholarship price, semi-finalists must meet several conditions to reach the level of finalist of the competition. About 95% of the semi-finalists are expected to achieve finalist status, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the title of Merit Scholar.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), a non-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

The scholarships are subscribed by the NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the NMSC’s goals of honoring the country’s academic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by passing the 2020 SAT / National Merit Preliminary Scholarship Qualification Test (PSAT / NMSQT), which served as the initial selection of participants. in the program. The national group of semi-finalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school students, includes the highest-scoring participants in each state. The number of semi-finalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of senior graduates.

To become a finalist, the semi-finalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the semi-finalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, his employment and the distinctions and awards received. A semi-finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be approved and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and achieve SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s prior performance on the qualifying test.

Of the approximately 16,000 semi-finalists, approximately 15,000 are expected to move up to finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. Merit Fellows are selected on the basis of their skills, achievement, and potential for success in a rigorous college education, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or religious preference.

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