Two high school students in Osceola County join approximately 16,000 students nationwide, less than one percent of high school seniors in the United States, as semifinalists for the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program:
• Kobee Raveendran - Gateway High
• Chiara Montenegro - Osceola County School for the Arts
National Merit Scholarship Corporation officials recognize high school seniors with the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test who meet published program participation requirements. Semifinalists are now eligible to compete for one of 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship Award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to become a finalist. The semifinalist and his or her school must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s academic record throughout high school, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. The student must also be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn a SAT score that confirms the earlier performance on the qualifying test. Finalists are selected based on exceptional skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation is a not-for-profit organization established in 1955 to conduct the National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholarships honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.