11 Saline High School seniors are among the 16,000 National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.
Ayush Arora, Victoria Black, Brian Blankenship, Noah Duncan, Kathryn Gilbert, Mitchell Hansen, Stephen Jasina, Rohan Kulkarni, Matthew Lougheed, Aditya Mannari and Julia Smith have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,400 National Merit Scholarships, worth more than $32 million, awarded in the spring.
Nafiu Toluwaniose, a home schooled student from Saline, was also among the semifinalists.
About 1.5 million juniors entered the scholarship program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The 16,000 semifinalists represent less than one percent of American high school seniors.
To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalist’s academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record through-out 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.
15,000 finalists will be notified in February. The scholarship winners will be selected based on skills, accomplishments and potential for success in college.