The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including BGHS students Ronit Patel and Leah Tabor. Gatton Academy students from BGHS, Maunil Mullick and Lydia Speer have also been named 2020 National Merit Semifinalists.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.