2 local students named semi-finalists for the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program


(Fremont County, Wyoming) – Kephas Olsson of Lander Valley High School and Brett Jones of Riverton High School were selected from a pool of approximately 16,000 semi-finalists for the 67th Annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

A total of 24 students from across Wyoming were named semi-finalists. They have the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 national scholarships worth nearly $ 30 million to be offered next spring.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semi-finalists must meet several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. About 95 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to achieve finalist status, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, winning the Merit Scholar® title.

The NMSC, a non-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The scholarships are subscribed by the NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 business organizations and higher education institutions that share the NMSC’s goals of honoring the country’s academic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.

Stages of the 2022 Competition:

High school juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by passing the 2020 SAT / National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT / NMSQT®), which served as the initial selection of candidates. program participants. The national group of semi-finalists, representing less than one percent 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 about the semi-finalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, his employment and the distinctions 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 obtain SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s previous performance on the test. qualification.

Of the approximately 16,000 semi-finalists, approximately 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 applicants are selected on the basis of their skills, achievements, and potential for success in a rigorous college education, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or religious preference.

National excellence scholarships:

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in Spring 2022. Each finalist will compete for one of the 2,500 National Merit® Scholarships of $ 2,500 which will be awarded on a representative state basis.

Approximately 1,000 company-sponsored merit scholarships will be provided by approximately 220 companies and trade organizations to finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of grantor’s employees or residents of communities where the factories are located or sponsor offices.

In addition, approximately 180 colleges and universities are expected to fund some 4,000 college-sponsored merit scholarships for finalists attending the sponsoring institution.

The recipients of the 2022 National Merit Scholarships will be announced in four national press releases starting in April and ending in July. These fellows will join more than 362,000 other distinguished young people who have obtained the title of Merit Scholar.

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