ST. CHARLES – St. Charles East High School students Shae Atkins, Henry Nunns and Aidan Szuch and St. Charles North High School students students Brett Barnes, Ryan Forester, Nathan Hanselman, Grace Lucchesi, Anastasia Smith-Becker, and Riley Trendler have been named semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program.
These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered in the spring of 2021. There are approximately 16,000 semifinalists this year.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test – a test which serves as an initial screening of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year – and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
To be considered for a National Merit Scholarship, semifinalists must advance to finalist standing in the competition by meeting high academic standards and all other requirements explained in the materials provided to each semifinalist.
Winners of the National Merit Scholarship have their scholarships funded by either the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the institute of higher education that they select to attend or by corporations or foundations who participate in the scholarship fund. The National Merit Scholarship winners of 2021 will be announced beginning in April and concluding in July.
These scholarship recipients will join more than 353,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.