VANDALIA — Butler High School senior Troy Abele has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist.
As a Semifinalist, Ablele has the opportunity to continue in the competition for to earn one of 7500 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition.
About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalist will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the prestigious Merit Scholar title.
About 1.6 million students, in more than 22,000 high schools, entered the 2018 program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of US high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record through-out 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 qualifying test.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. In early September, qualifiers are notified that they have qualified as Semifinalists. To ensure that academically talented young people from all parts of the United States are included in this talent pool, Semifinalists are designated on a state-representational basis. They are the highest scoring entrants in each state. NMSC provides scholarship application materials to Semifinalists through their high schools.
National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in beginning in April, 2018.
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