Each spring, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation offers more than $31 million in scholarship assistance to 7,600 high school seniors around the nation who exhibit outstanding academic, testing and extracurricular credentials. Of the more than 1.6 million juniors who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test last fall, about 16,000 are chosen as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Congratulations to the 37 students representing all four Rockwood School District high schools who have been named semifinalists for the 2021 round of National Merit Scholarships! They are:Eureka High
Ginny TrentmannLafayette High
Anna WillisMarquette High
Robbie ZhangRockwood Summit High
To become a finalist, semifinalists must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about their academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. 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 or ACT scores that confirm the student's earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From the approximately 16,000 semifinalists, about 15,000 advance to the finalist level in February. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
Check out some scenes from the Rockwood Summit Prize Patrol surprising the school's semifinalists at their homes: