Students named merit semifinalists
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of nearly 16,000 semifinalists in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Among those recognized were North Kingstown High School students Sam Hollister and Martha Edwards. Hollister is a Jamestown resident.
These academically talented high-school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a scholarship, 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.
About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2012 PSAT, 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. There are 14 total semifinalists from Rhode Island.