Senior Molly White, of Worcester, Mass., has been named a National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist.
Last fall, Molly, along with 1.6 million students across the country, took the annual PSAT/NMSQT. Out of the 1.6 million, 50,000 students with the highest PSAT/NMSQT selection index scores, calculated from the results in Reading, Writing, Language and Math, qualify for recognition in the NMSP. 16,000 students, approximately one-third of the 50,000 high scorers, are notified that they have qualified as semifinalists. These students are the highest scoring entrants in each state.
The 16,000 students, including Molly, may advance to the finalist standing in the competition after the fulfillment of several requirements.
“When I found out that I was named a NMSP semifinalist I was psyched about the potential scholarships associated with the program,” Molly said. “I am so grateful to the Marianapolis math and English faculty for teaching me the skills I needed for this wonderful opportunity.”
In February, Molly will find out if she is a finalist. Winners of Merit Scholarships are chosen from the pool of finalists based on their abilities, skills, and accomplishments.