This week we received exciting news! Forty-nine percent of students in Nueva’s Class of 2017, a total of 35, have earned academic honor through their success on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). This test serves as the initial screening of students into the National Merit Scholarship Program.
As a result of their outstanding performance on the PSAT, fourteen Nueva seniors have been named as National Merit Semifinalists. Their scores have landed them in a select group of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide, representing <1% of the 1.6 million high school students who took the PSAT/NMSQT in the fall of 2015.
Semifinalists are eligible to pursue Finalist status and ultimately compete for a National Merit Scholarship. To become a Finalist, these students are invited to submit a detailed scholarship application form and additional evidence of their abilities, skills, and accomplishments. It is expected that approximately 90% of all Semifinalists will earn Finalist distinction, and that about 50% of Finalists, or about 7,400 students, will go on to win one of three different types of scholarships offered in the spring of 2017.
In addition to these fourteen Semifinalists, one additional Nueva senior was selected as a National Hispanic Scholar for scoring within the top 2.5%, and an additional twenty Nueva seniors are designated as Commended Students, recognized for scoring within the top 5%, bringing the total of honored students to 49% of Nueva’s Class of 2017. While these students do not continue in the competition, they will be honored with Letters of Commendation sent to them through Nueva, and may be candidates for other scholarships through corporate sponsors.
The National Merit® Scholarship Corporation administers the National Merit Scholarship Program. The program began in 1955 as a way to award academically talented young people from all parts of the United States, and to stimulate support from organizations that wish to sponsor scholarships for outstanding students. Honorees are designated by NMSC on a state-by-state basis, with qualifying scores by state dependent upon each state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating seniors. The College Board administers the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Read more at National Merit Scholarship Corporation and College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program.
We extend our hearty congratulations to these thirty-five Nueva seniors!
September 16, 2016