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WAB Students Qualify as National Merit Semi-Finalists

November, 2011
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wab-merit-scholars-sThe US National Merit Scholarship Program* is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. National Merit Scholarship winners each receive one of the approximately 8,000 total awards given out each year from the National Merit Corporation, corporate sponsors, and collegiate sponsors.  Scholarship award amounts vary.

High school students are made eligible for the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), a test taken by more than 1.5 million students each year.  Students must also meet the following requirements:

* Take the PSAT/NMSQT no later than the third year in grades 9 through 12;

* Be enrolled as a high school student, progressing normally toward graduation and planning to enroll full time in college no later than the fall following completion of high school; and

* Be a citizen of the United States; or be a US lawful permanent resident and intend to become a US citizen at the earliest opportunity allowed by law.

In early September 2011, approximately 16,000 students were notified that they qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. This year’s Semifinalist list includes three WAB High School students: Herman Chau, Michael Li, and Franklyn Zhu. Congratulations to these three young men on this outstanding academic achievement!

In February 2012, some 15,000 Semifinalists will advance to Finalist standing; Semifinalists advance by continuing to meet high academic standards as well other requirements. The final winners of Merit Scholarships are chosen from the Finalist group, based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.

Beginning in March and continuing to mid-June 2012, the National Merit Scholarship Committee (NMSC) will give about 8,000 Finalists a Merit Scholarship award.

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