Four ULS Seniors are National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists
September 18, 2023
Baton Rouge, Louisiana - Last week, officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation
(NMSC®) announced the names of over 16,000 Semifinalists in the 68th annual National
Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an
opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,250 National Merit Scholarships
worth nearly $28 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 95 percent of the Semifinalists are
expected to attain Finalist standing, and approximately half of the Finalists will
win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
University Lab School is proud to announce that four seniors, Sam Adjei, Tucker LaTour, Lucy Nguyen and Noah Robert have been named as semifinalists.
“I am very proud of our four National Merit Semifinalists. This accomplishment is not an easy task. They give their very best inside as well as outside of the classroom.” Said secondary principal Aimee Welch-James. “These students embody what it means to be a Cub: ‘Total Effort in Every Endeavor’.”
NMSC, a not-for-profit organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 340 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence.
A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® or ACT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test.
From over 16,000 Semifinalists, more than 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference.
National Merit Scholarship winners of 2023 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join nearly 368,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title.