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T.C. Williams National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
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From Alexandria City Public Schools:

 

Five T.C. Williams High School Seniors are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 57th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Paloma M. Alcala, Kathryn G. Aplin, Andrew K. Dewhurst, Phillip Espinoza and Joseph J. Powers have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million that will be offered next spring. Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names today.

“We congratulate these students for their exceptional achievement and commend them for them for setting a new standard for Alexandria City Public Schools,” said Superintendent Morton Sherman. “We wish them all the best as they continue their hard work and attempt to become Finalists in this prestigious competition.”

When applying for the program, students listed their prospective majors. Alcala is undecided, Aplin and Dewhurst plan to major in engineering, Espinoza plans to major in physics and Powers plans to major in multi/interdisciplinary studies.

About 1.5 million juniors in some 22,000 high schools entered the 2012 National Merit

Scholarship Program by taking the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screening of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a Finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the high school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. The Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, which includes the student’s essay and information about the Semifinalist’s participation and leadership in school and community activities. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, to be announced in February. More than half of the Finalists will win National Merit Scholarships, earning the Merit Scholar title.

All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this Finalist group. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin or religious preference.

 

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2012. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institutions.

National Merit Scholarship winners of 2012 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 283,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

The National Merit Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system or state. 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.

For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website at www.nationalmerit.org .

 

 

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