Representing less than 1% of United States high school seniors, Gina L. Dickson and Jonah M. Ladish-Orlich are honored for demonstrating exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies, according to a Sept. 9 Kent School District news release. About 16,000 semifinalists were selected.
Over 1.5 million juniors in the United States took the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test to enter the 2021 National Merit Scholarship program. To continue in the scholarship competition, a semifinalist must be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and submit a detailed scholarship application which includes academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and any honors or awards.
The 2021 National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced beginning in April 2021 and will join more than 353,000 students who have earned this distinction. About 7,600 scholarships worth more than $30 million will be offered next spring. Scholarships are underwritten by the National Merit Scholarship Corp., and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.