Wendt named National Merit Semifinalist

     By Eagle Post staff

     Senior Elizabeth Wendt qualified as a semi-finalist for the National Merit Scholarship Program which allows her to be considered for the prestigious Merit Scholarship. The program also named seniors Liang-Chun Chen, Bryan Earleywine, and Jacobson McDade as commended students for their outstanding performance.

       The National Merit Scholarship Program is a nationwide competition for recognition and awards conducted by National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).  High School students enter the National Merit Program by taking the PSAT/NMSQT test in the fall of their junior year.

     Of the 1.5 million entrants nationwide, about 50,000 qualify for recognition. More than two-thirds of those qualified receive Letters of Commendation; about a third of the 50,000 become Semifinalists, about 94% of whom go on to become Finalists.

       Over half of the Finalists are selected to receive scholarships underwritten by corporations and business organizations, colleges and universities, and by NMSC with its own funds.

    For Wendt, the next step is to submit an application that includes high school courses and grades, extracurricular and volunteer activities, and a self-descriptive essay. If Wendt advances to the Finalist stage, she could receive one of approximately 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarship awards to be used at an accredited university.

    Microsoft CEO Bill Gates is likely the most famous National Merit Scholar, earning the distinction in 1973. Also, Twilight series author Stephanie Meyer won the award in 1992.

     To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program, you may check out the website at http://www.nationalmerit.org/index.php.

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