If you needed another reason to be proud of our students in Saline County, on Wednesday morning, officials of the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Of those semifinalists, two are Saline County students. Nathan S. Cain of Bauxite High School and John M. Junkins of Bryant High School have both advanced to the semifinalist level.
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next Spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90% of the semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about 50% of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. 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 420 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.
Learn more about the rest of the competition, the NMSC itself, and the other Arkansas semifinalists by clicking on this announcement for the Arkansas semifinalists:
2017 National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSC) – pdf