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Auburn Students Named 2016 National Merit Semifinalists


​Auburn High School seniors Muneeb Haroon and Cole Timmerwilke are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country for scholarships in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. Both students are in the Renaissance Gifted Academy at Auburn.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The national pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

What’s next: Approximately 15,000 students across the country are expected to advance to the finalist level. Students will learn of that distinction in February. Finalists will compete for:

  • One of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships.
  • One of about 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards provided by approximately 250 corporations and business organizations. Finalists must meet specific criteria.
  • One of about 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, financed by about 190 colleges and universities, for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.