National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) officials have released the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Included on the list are Westerville Central students Taryn Nugent and Meghan Wilson; and Westerville South students Kieran Arens, Grant Augenstein, McKenna Davis, Michaela Fallon, Benjamin Potts and David Saunders.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.