Two Hamilton High School seniors, Caroline Hope and Brooke Schounard, learned that they were named in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Eligibility for the distinction is based on results of the 2011 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test which was taken by more than 1.5 million students nationwide.
Hope and Schounard were named Semifinalists. They are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists nationwide and will continue in the 2013 competition for Merit Scholarship awards. The pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal and earn SAT scores that confirm the students’ earlier test performance.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), established in 1955, is a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 440 business organizations and higher education institutions to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.