Centennial Announces Three National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:07am

Centennial High School announced three of its students have been selected as National Merit Semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. That brings the total of Unit 4 students to six.

The nationwide pool of Semifinalists represent less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors and includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. Centennial students who received this honor are: 

  • Matthew Hege
  • Sarah Park
  • Michelle Stilger

Only 16,000 high school seniors across the country are named National Merit Semifinalists. Of the Semifinalists, 15,000 students will advance as Finalists and compete for more than $30 million in National Merit Scholarships next spring. More than half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title. 

To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and a high school official must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school, community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, and write an essay. 

To learn more about the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit www.nationalmerit.org.