Sept. 29, 2020: Students named 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists
Four Jamesville-DeWitt High School students have been named semifinalists in the 66th National Merit Scholarship Program.
The J-D students are among 16,000 students—a select group that represents less than 1 percent of high school seniors nationwide—who qualified for the scholarship program by scoring among the highest in their respective states on the 2019 Preliminary Standardized Achievement Test (PSAT).
The J-D semifinalists include seniors Nathan Chen, Claire Macero, Alec McVearry and Emily Ninestein.
Nearly 90 percent of the nation’s semifinalists are expected to be named finalists who will then compete for one of 7,600 National Merit Scholarships totaling about $30 million. To become a finalist and be considered for the national scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title, students must submit an application detailing their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Finalists and Merit Scholars will be named in spring 2021.
National Merit Scholarship Corporation (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.