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Fourteen UAHS students named as National Merit Semifinalists
Posted 09/14/2017 02:31PM

Fourteen Upper Arlington students have qualified as Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program, giving them a chance to compete for approximately 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million.

The Upper Arlington students are among approximately 1.6 million high school students across the country that entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Of those entrants, approximately 16,000 high scorers qualify as Semifinalists.

Semifinalists represent the highest scores on the PSAT/NMSQT. Upper Arlington students named 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists are:

  • Daniel B.

  • Philip C.

  • Leon D.

  • Rachael F.

  • Morgan L.

  • Mark M.

  • Catherine P.

  • Will R.

  • Peter S.

  • Cindy T.

  • Jonathan W.

  • Christine W.

  • Minjue W.

  • Alexander Z.

Within a few weeks, several more Upper Arlington students will be named among the National Merit Scholarship Program’s Commended Students. These students placed among the top 50,000 high scores on the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT but did not achieve Semifinalist status. They will receive letters of commendation in recognition of outstanding academic promise.

In February, the National Merit Scholarship program expects to notify about 15,000 Semifinalists that they advanced to Finalist status after fulfilling several requirements, including having a record of a high academic achievement in grades nine through 12 and earning a high score on the SAT. Students from this group will compete for $2,500 scholarships from the National Merit Scholarship Program, corporate-sponsored scholarships and college-sponsored scholarships. Announcement of scholarship winners will begin in March 2018.

For more information on the National Merit Scholarship Program, visit

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