Hamilton High School juniors Erik Burger and Flora Zeng learned recently that they met requirements to enter the 2005 National Merit Scholarship Program. They were among 50,000 students nationwide whose score on the PSAT/NMSQT was 201 or above. Because these highperforming students have shown outstanding academic potential, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will invite them to be referred to colleges and universities of interest to them.
Of the 50,000 student who are offered the referral service, about 16,000 will be named National Merit Program semifinalists who will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,000 Merit Scholarship awards offered in 2005. Students will learn of their standing as semifinalists in September.
The National Merit Scholarship Program honors students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies.