Six CCSD Seniors Qualify as National Merit Scholarship Finalists

Six CCSD Seniors Qualify as National Merit Scholarship Finalists

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Six Cherokee County School District high school seniors have qualified as finalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship competition! They are: of Creekview HS, Jack Pace; of River Ridge HS, Anabelle Paulino; of Sequoyah HS, Katie Bates and Alex Morrison; and of Woodstock HS, Alex Andon and A.J. Cox.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which oversees the prestigious competition, narrowed the finalists down from a group of 16,000 semi-finalists nationally, who were selected based on outstanding 2015 PSAT scores.  Less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors are named finalists.

To be considered as a finalist, the students submitted detailed applications noting their academic achievements, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors; an endorsement and recommendation from a high school official; and an essay.  Students also must earn SAT scores that confirm their PSAT performance.

Finalists will compete for 7,500 scholarships worth about $33 million, which will be awarded in the spring.  Approximately half of all finalists will win a scholarship.  In the National Merit® Scholarship Program, three types of Merit Scholarship® awards are offered to Finalists: National Merit $2500 Scholarships, corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards, and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. Special Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students who are not finalists and meet a corporate sponsor’s criteria.