Five Auburn High School students are semifinalists for the 2017 National Merit Scholarship. William Jiang, Cassandra Shriver, Paul White, Shanida Younvanich and Monay Zayed are among approximately 16,000 semifinalists across the country for scholarships in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. All five students are in the Gifted Academy at Auburn.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $33 million. From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the finalist level. Students will be notified of that designation in February. About half of those finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
About National Merit:
- About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®).
- The pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors – including the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
- To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes academic records, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
For more information: www.nationalmerit.org.