February 26, 2013

Five Culver Academies seniors have been named National Merit Scholarship finalists. The students are Lori Binn (Canton, Mich.), Alexandra Ding (Edina, Minn.), Caleb Jadrich (Brownsburg, Ind.), Joy Shen (Oviedo, Fla.), and Malcolm-Robert Snyder (Clarksville, Tenn.). They are now part of the 15,000 students under consideration for the 8,300 National Merit Scholarships. A total of $36 million in scholarships is to be awarded this spring.

About 1.5 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2011 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, which serves as the initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of 16,000 semifinalists represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors.

As a college preparatory boarding school, Culver Academies shares a total of 12 National Merit Scholarship semifinalist slots with other boarding schools in a nine-state region (Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin).

To become a finalist, each semifinalist and the school must submit a detailed scholarship application in which they provide information about the student’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, 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.

The 8,300 National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from the finalists pool. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

There are three types of National Merit Scholarships being offered this spring. Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 Scholarships. Another 1,000 Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 240 corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria. In addition, about 200 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,800 Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who will attend the sponsor institution.

Winners will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July.

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