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2021 National Merit Semifinalists® Announced

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including BGHS senior, Tucker Strow. Four former Purples currently attending the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science have also been named Semifinalists: Sachi Barnaby, Samuel Chang, Anmol Sandhu, and Jason Zhang. 

These five outstanding students will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 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. 

Three additional Bowling Green High School have been named National Merit® Commended Students based on their academic promise and performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Qualifying Test. Congratulations to Eric Eastman, Mei Fukushima, and Anna Neal.

Over 1.5 million students took the 2019 exam. The top 16,000 were named National Merit Semifinalists, and the remaining 34,000 students are named Commended Students. 

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.

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