In 2015, 15 graduating students from nine high schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford were honored as Merit Scholars.
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an extremely prestigious academic competition that awards recognition and scholarships.The National Merit® Scholarship Program, states that a student must:
- take the PSAT/NMSQT® in the specified year of the high school program and no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12, regardless of grade classification or educational pattern;
- be enrolled as a high school student (traditional or homeschooled), progressing normally toward graduation or completion of high school, and planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and
- be a citizen of the United States; or be a U.S. lawful permanent resident (or have applied for permanent residence, the application for which has not been denied) and intend to become a U.S. citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.
Commended Students: About two-thirds of the qualifiers are presented with a Letters of Commendation, and approximately 1,200 of them may be eligible for special scholarships.
Semifinalists: About 16,000 students advance to the semi-final level. The site explains, “To be considered for a National Merit® Scholarship, Semifinalists must advance to Finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements.”
Finalists: About 15,000 students are then presented with a certificate and elevated to Finalist standing.
Winners: Based on the “Finalist’s academic record, information about the school’s curricula and grading system, two sets of test scores, the high school official’s written recommendation, information about the student’s activities and leadership, and the Finalist’s own essay,” 7,400 students are chosen for Merit Scholarships®.
There are three types of Merit Scholarships®:
- National Merit® $2500 Scholarships
- Corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
- College-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards
Does your young learner have what it takes to be a Merit Scholar? We think so.