Burkhart Named Semifinalist In National Merit Scholar Program

Officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program.  These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that 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.  About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.

South Hamilton Community School District is pleased to announce senior Hannah Burkhart is a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program.

Hannah was one of about 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,00 high schools who entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program by taking the 2016 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 US high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state.

To become a semifinalist, a student 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.

National Merit Scholarship winners will be announced in four nationwide new releases beginning in April and concluding in July.  These scholarship recipients will join more than 330,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.

We congratulate Hannah on reaching Semifinalist status and wish her the best as she proceeds through the contest!