Six Friendswood High School seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship competition. They include Rachel Cao, Mitchell Hsu, Erin Janak, Victor Liaw, Mia Purdom, and Hannah Schroeder.
Approximately 16,000 high school seniors were named in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented Semifinalist have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth about $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 of the competition. About 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship earning the Merit Scholar title.
Three types of scholarships will be offered in the spring. Every finalist will compete for one of 2.500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 250 corporations and business organizations for universities are expected to finance some 3,900 college sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.
NMSC, a not for profit organization that operates without government assistance was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program.