Oxford, Mississippi (September 30, 2021) — The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has announced the names of Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state on the PSAT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test PSAT/NMSQT®)
Oxford High seniors who are among this distinguished list are: Hayden Walker, Heath Stevens, Elliott Wilson.
Oxford High School National Merit Semifinalists. Pictured left to right: Hayden Walker, Heath Stevens, Elliott Wilson.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. Over 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. NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 400 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.
Over 1.5 million high school juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants.
The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.