DeKalb Senior is Merit Scholarship Semifinalist!

posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:16 AM by webmaster district   [ updated Sep 9, 2015, 8:17 AM ]

DeKalb Senior is Merit Scholarship Semifinalist!

DeKalb High School senior Michael A. Cupka has been named a semifinalist in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Cupka is one of approximately 16,000 semifinalists whose names were released by the National Merit Scholarship Corp. today. He is the only semifinalist attending a high school in the four northeastern counties of Indiana.

The academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring, the corporation said. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition.

Approximately 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and about half of the finalists will win National Merit Scholarships, earning the Merit Scholar title.
Some 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

To become a finalist, the semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application with information about the semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment and honors and awards received. A semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.

Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 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 finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 3,900 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institutions.

The National Merit Scholarship Corp., a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by by the corporation with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions.

Article from The Star Newspaper