National Merit Semifinalist named at FHS

A Friendswood High School senior has earned semifinalist status in the prestigious 2018 National Merit Scholarship competition.

Oliver Olsen joins approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Academically talented high school seniors like Olsen have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 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. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp., a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual 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.