Officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corp. today announced the names of more than 16,000 semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program, including 10 Evanston residents.
These academically talented high school seniors, selected as semifinalists based on their score on the PSAT, can continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered next spring.
There are nine semifinalists from Evanston Township High School: Frances Brady, Emmet J. Ebels Duggan, Caroline S. Klearman, Jason M. McDermott, Sofia J. Shewfelt, Max T. Smith, Rex E. Wallin, Jane O. Watson and Luca A. Zerega. And there is one semifinalist from Beacon Academy: Aditi Bharadwaj.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill additional requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 95% of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and approximately half the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.
The National Merit Scholarship Corp., a not-for-profit organization, was established in 1955. It is based in Evanston.