But, for some, it’s a predictor of college success.
To compete for Merit Scholarship awards, semifinalists first had to advance to the finalist level of the competition by fulfilling additional requirements.
I'm actually really terrified that this could render my application invalid or something.
15,000 of the 16,000 Semifinalists advance to Finalist standing, right?
In June, Joshua Coleman (Dutch Fork High, Clemson University), Justin Kennedy (Dutch Fork High, University of South Carolina), and Holden Gabriel (Chapin High, Clemson University), were also named winners of this year’s National Merit Scholarships as part of the first group of college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards.
Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution.