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SD 308 Announces Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program

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SD 308 Announces Semifinalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program


Shaiva Dhyani     Shea Dickinson   Kelsie Jackson









Oswego, Ill. (September 16, 2019) — One student from Oswego East High School and two students from Oswego High School were announced as semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Corporation’s (NMSC) 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Shaiva Dhyani is a senior at Oswego East High School and both Shea Dickinson and Kelsie Jackson are seniors at Oswego High School.

SD 308 students, among 16,000 other students nationwide were announced on September 11, 2019.  These academically talented high school seniors are now in a position to be considered for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million which will be offered next spring. 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 those reaching the Semi Finalists level are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.

Over 1.5 million juniors in about 21,000 high schools entered the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2018 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.

Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2020.  Every finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit $2500 scholarships which will be awarded on a state-representational basis, with announcements beginning in April and concluding in July.