Two Wilson High seniors named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

October 13, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – The National Merit Scholarship program selected Wilson High School seniors Annie Kate Watson and Alice Lee as semifinalists for 2019, an honor less than 1 percent of high school seniors receive.

The scholarship program will select 15,000 finalists in February and announce scholarship winners during the spring and summer. More than 16,000 semifinalists compete for 7,500 scholarships totaling $31 million.

The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and college scholarships. The program chooses semifinalists based on PSAT scores.

There are three types of awards: National Merit Scholarships, which are $2,500 single-payment awards; corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards that can be renewed for four years of undergraduate study or as a one-time award; and college-sponsored Merit Scholarship Awards that are renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study. In addition to the three types of scholarship awards, there are special scholarships awarded to 1,100 of those who do not qualify as finalists.

According to the National Merit Scholarship, 1.6 million students enter the competition. The top 50,000 students are selected, receiving Letters of Commendation. Out of the top 50,000 scorers, the top one-third students are notified that they received the semifinalist status.

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