SWI Students Advance National Merit Scholarship Program | Education
High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by passing the 2020 SAT / National Merit Preliminary Scholarship Qualification Test (PSAT / NMSQT), which served as the initial selection of participants. in the program. The national group of semi-finalists, representing less than 1% of U.S. high school students, includes the highest-scoring participants in each state. The number of semi-finalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of senior graduates.
To become a finalist, the semi-finalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information on the semi-finalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and the honors and awards received. A semi-finalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be approved and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and achieve SAT or ACT scores that confirm the student’s prior performance on the qualifying test.
Of the approximately 16,000 semi-finalists, around 15,000 are expected to move up to finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of finalists. Merit Fellows are selected on the basis of their skills, achievement, and potential for success in a rigorous college education, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or religious preference.